Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Blackpool

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Blackpool on March 6th, visiting a series of innovative projects that are focused on investment and regeneration, as well as learning how the resort town is leading the way in tackling some of the social and mental health problems faced by people in Britain today.

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The Duke and Duchess first visit the iconic Blackpool Tower, joining a roundtable briefing about the town’s recent history, the challenges, and the investment and regeneration efforts that are currently underway, meeting members of the public on ‘Comedy Carpet’ before departing. The Duke and Duchess also visited Kirby Road to see the realities of the town’s housing problems and the significant work under way to resolve them. They then travel to Blackpool Central Library, where the Duchess joined people involved in Blackpool’s ‘A Better Start’ programme, including health visitors, practitioners from the Family Nurse Partnership, and parents, while the Duke met people affected by problems around mental health, including issues such as homelessness and addiction, and also met people making a difference through the innovative work locally.  The Duke and Duchess then visited Revoe Park, a recently revamped community garden and park that has been transformed thanks to involvement from ‘A Better Start’, after being a known location for drug use. They met with volunteers who maintain the space and run activities in the park, including a carpentry workshop.

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