A report from Stroud District Council's Dave Marshall
This week sees HRH The Princess Royal making an important visit to Stroud.
On Friday (10th February), Her Royal Highness will visit the Cotswold Canals Project at Wallbridge.
She will open Wallbridge Upper Lock, Stroud Brewery Bridge and tour the Cotswold Canals Visitor Centre.
The Princess Royal will arrive at 10am and tour the Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre before meeting invited guests in the Lock Keeper’s Cafe.
She will then unveil a plaque alongside the recently refurbished Wallbridge Upper Lock, before boarding the Cotswold Canals Trust trip boat Perseverance in the lock.
The lock will then be lowered and the gates opened, allowing Perseverance to sail under the new Stroud Brewery Bridge. Her Royal Highness will be invited to cut a ribbon.
Finally, the Princess will meet volunteers working on the canal project.
The visit is being hosted by Stroud District Council.
Deputy Leader Cllr Keith Pearson, said:
"We are very pleased that Her Royal Highness is honouring us with a visit to the important canal developments at Wallbridge.
This is a major feather in the cap for the canal project and we look forward to showing her everything that has been achieved by the canal team and volunteers working together."
During her visit, the Princess will meet representatives of the main organisations behind the works at Wallbridge – Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire County Council and the Cotswold Canals Trust, as well as contractors and project sponsors.
Public Access & Traffic Flow Maintained
Public access to the area will be maintained, offering a view of the proceedings.
For security reasons, waiting on the bridges cannot be permitted.
Traffic will flow as normal.
“We very much hope that locals will turn out and give the Princess Royal a Stroud welcome,” concluded Cllr Pearson.
The pictures show Perseverance…
Arriving early on Monday morning and being lowered into the canal's deepest lock.