On Tuesday 31st July HRH Princess Alexandra visited the renowned Cornwall At War Museum to meet Volunteers and Supporters and to have a conducted tour of the Museum. Colonel Bolitho, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, introduced her to Scott Mann, the constituency MP, and local dignitaries before meeting Sheila Perry BEM and Steve Perry.
On a perfect summer’s afternoon the party then toured some of the Museum’s display buildings meeting Volunteers and Supporters on her way round. The Princess took great interest in chatting to the people she met including members of the general public. She was very impressed with the Museum displays and dioramas.
The Museum was open as normal. Among the many present whom she met was the Acting Station Commander of RAF St Mawgan, San Ldr Nicholas Justice and Mr Ron Wellbeloved, formerly of the late Queen Mother’s Household. Air Cadets from Wadebridge under the command of Fit Lt Darren Saddler were on parade to greet the Princess on arrival and bid her farewell at the end.
Steve Perry said a few words of thanks and HRH unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit. A posy was presented by Elsie Seamarks (2yrs) and a copy of the Museum Book and DVD were presented by Bertie Cholerton-Perry (6yrs). San Ldr Saddler presented a hamper of cheeses courtesy of Dairy Crest next door. After signing the Visitors Book the Princess departed for her next engagement in Camelford.
All at the Cornwall At War Museum feel very honoured to have had a visit by HRH Princess Alexandra. Her kind, friendly demeanour put everyone at ease and the inevitable nervousness soon evaporated, well almost!