MEMORY LANE: Princess Anne makes waves during visit to Buxton

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‘Very smart’ was how Princess Anne described the Pavilion Gardens’ new £290,000 swimming pool when she officially opened the new Buxton leisure facility on November 16, 1972.

Arriving in the Peak District on the royal train, the Princess’s first port of call was the Hope Valley. Stepping off the train at Hope station, she travelled by motorcade to Losehill Hall National Park Study Centre in Castleton along a route lined by flag-waving school pupils.

Buxton Advertiser Archive, visit of Princess Anne 16/11/72, the Princess opens Buxton's swimming pool
Buxton Advertiser Archive, visit of Princess Anne 16/11/72, the Princess opens Buxton's swimming pool

After unveiling a plaque to mark the opening of the centre, she was given a souvenir - an engraved paperweight made of 200-million-year-old Blue John fluorspar from Castleton’s Treak Cliff Cavern.

 

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