A ROYAL visitor brightened up a drab day when Princess Anne spent the afternoon in Sedgefield.
She helped the town celebrate a historic year by unveiling a new Market Cross sculpture on the village green.
Despite the wet weather, crowds of patriotic people turned out to give the Princess Royal a warm welcome.
Sedgefield is holding a series of community events to mark the 700th anniversary of the signing of its market charter.
The Princess Royal met a variety of people including the Sedgefield 700 Group, which has arranged a number of events to celebrate the occasion throughout the year.
The royal visitor also saw exhibitions and presentations on the village green by community groups including the Sedgefield in Bloom Committee, the local history group, Sedgefield in Victorian Times group and the Sedgefield Games organisers who have organised weeks of sports activities.
The visit was hosted by Sedgefield Town Council.
Town clerk Lesley Swinbank said: “The 700 Group has been working with local groups and organisations, not only in designing the new sculpture, but also to plan the numerous events which are taking place in Sedgefield during 2012.
“These have included our very own Sedgefield Games when the Olympic Torch visited the town and lighting our Jubilee beacon.
“This is a unique year in Sedgefield and we are delighted the Princess Royal is visiting us during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”