Chichester Harbour Conservancy staff were excited and honoured to have a royal visit today as part of their 50 year anniversary celebrations.
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, could not have picked a fairer day to visit the harbour conservancy and hear about the work it has done over the past 50 years since being made an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).
He met all the members at the conservancy office, in Itchenor, before being taken on a boat tour.
Richard Austin, AONB manager, said the visit was a great opportunity to publicise the work done there.
“It’s an absolute privilege,” he said, “everyone’s smiling, everyone’s happy, it’s given everyone a boost in the area.”
Tim Dennley, seasonal patrol officer, said he was heavily involved in preparing the office for the Duke’s arrival.
He said: “I’m really excited. I’m a massive royalist. I love the royal family and the Queen.
“I’ve been polishing the building, wiping the windows and getting the place ready.”
Visitors Geoff and Jude Dyson travelled to the harbour all the way from St Albans to visit the area where Geoff grew up. They were pleasantly surprised by the special visit.
Geoff said the last time he was there was in 1958 and it looked pretty much the same as he remembered it.
He said: “They say you should never go back but this is a place you can.”
For the full story and photos read next Thursday’s Observer.