Royal visit for Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway’s 125th anniversary
Many of you who visit North Devon on your UK short breaks will have taken a trip on the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway...right?
Well I bet you didn’t know this...
This year the world famous Cliff Railway celebrates its 125th anniversary! And to celebrate this amazing landmark, Princess Anne is visiting the attraction to launch a year of festivities and events.
Her Royal Highness will arrive on April 17th and start the day at the bottom of the railway, where she will unveil a plaque celebrating the history of the water powered railway.
Following this, Princess Anne will travel up the cliff railway to Lynton, where flag-waving children from local primary schools will welcome her. To finish the visit, HRH will meet local volunteers and Mayor Tony Meakin at Lynton Town Hall.
Andrew Ireland, chairman of the Lynmouth and Lynton Lift Company, said: "About 10 years ago she visited the railway. We had no notice at all and she came and I think she must have enjoyed it very much.”
"It was an obvious move for us to celebrate our 125th anniversary by asking if she was prepared to come again.
"Her support is absolutely marvellous. It's fantastic for us and the community."
The royal visit is the first of many events planned around the anniversary, and it looks set to be a popular one! It’d be the perfect day out for any of you guys visiting North Devon on your UK family holidays.
As part of the celebrations all cliff railway rides will be free of charge on the day, while donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospice South West, Help For Heroes and Tall Ships Trust.