Bamburgh church hosts royal visit

First published on: 16th January 2019

Princess Anne
Princess Anne

Princess Anne visited St Aidans Church, Bamburgh as part of a tour marking the heroism of Grace Darling.

HRH Princess Royal holds the title of Master of Trinity House, the official lighthouse of the UK authority, and is patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board.

In her official capacity, Princess Anne visited Seahouses and Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands before making the trip to St Aidans where Grace Darling is buried and a monument to commemorate her life stands.

HRH was welcomed to St Aidans by Canon Rob Kelsey, acting Area Dean of Bamburgh and Glendale, Charles Baker Cresswell, lay chairman of the PCC, and Sheila Bacon and Christopher Turner, churchwardens.

Christopher gave Princess Anne a tour of the churchyard and the church itself.

Grace Darling, who lived at Longstone Lighthouse, famously helped rescue nine survivors from a boat that was shipwrecked on the Farne Islands.

HRH Princess Royal is given a tour of the Grace Darling Memorial in St Aidans churchyard. Picture: Jane Coltman, Northumberland Gazette
HRH Princess Royal is given a tour of the Grace Darling Memorial in St Aidans churchyard. Picture: Jane Coltman, Northumberland Gazette
(left to right) Christopher Turner, Princess Anne, Sheila Bacon and Revd Dr Rob Kelsey in St Aidans Church. Picture: Jane Coltman, Northumberland Gazette
(left to right) Christopher Turner, Princess Anne, Sheila Bacon and Revd Dr Rob Kelsey in St Aidans Church. Picture: Jane Coltman, Northumberland Gazette


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