25 years ago this week: Thursday, April 9, 1987

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HER Royal Highness the Princess Anne will be making her third trip to Northumberland in just over four years when she calls in at Hedgeley Hall, Powburn, on June 5 in her role as president of the Riding for the Disabled Association.

This follows on from her last visit to Alnwick, when she opened the Abbeyfield Housing scheme in the town and received bouquets and presentations from local schoolchildren.

Lady Carr-Ellison of Hedgeley Hall confirmed that Princess Anne would be visiting on June 5 in connection with the riding for the disabled organisation in Northumberland, of which there are eight branches. She said that currently no precise details of Princess Anne’s visit had been worked out, but plans would be finalised with a meeting in two or three weeks’ time.

Princess Anne last visited Alnwick on June 12, 1985, when she officially opened the £1.5million Nomad/Abbeyfield Society housing development at Ravenslaw Court. Despite being overcast, the weather held, much to the delight of the hundreds of schoolchildren, who had been given the afternoon off to go and see the Princess.

After opening the development, Princess Anne was presented with two cheques from pupils of the Duchess’s Community High School and Glendale Middle School, in her capacity as a leading member of the Save the Children fund. Her previous visit in December 1983 was to present the prizes at the Northumberland Young Farmers Golden Jubilee Annual General Meeting, held at the Guest Hall in Alnwick Castle.

She presented the Kershaw Rose Bowl to the Alnwick YFC for their achievement in recording the greatest increase in membership over the previous 12 months.