Town enjoys a right royal occasion

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HUGE crowds gathered at a sun-soaked Hartlepool Marina and the Rossmere area for the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip on May 18, 1993 to open the Teesside Development Corporation’s £165m marina and the Maritime Heritage Centre.

Shortly after arriving off Hartlepool aboard the Royal Yacht, the royal party disembarked on a barge and arrived at the marina lock gates to be met by local dignitaries and huge crowds.

After the duties in the marina including a tour of HMS Trincomalee which was undergoing restoration work at the time, it was off to meet the residents of the Bramley Court sheltered housing complex at Rossmere.

To complete the day as the Royal Yacht slipped its moorings in the evening at Irvine Quay a grand fireworks display was held at the marina watched by an estimated 200,000 spectators.

Hartlepool MP Peter Mandelson said at the time: “The Royal visit brought out the people of Hartlepool and brought out the best in the people of Hartlepool.”