PHOTOS: Amesbury's Kings Gate Primary officially open

PHOTOS: Amesbury's Kings Gate Primary officially open

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:51pm 5th December 2019.

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Despite the disappointment of not having their expected Royal visitor, the school went ahead with their events.

Princess Anne was due to be going along to Kings Gate this morning (Thursday 5th December) to officially open their site.

But after hearing she wouldn't be able to make it because of foggy weather, the school decided to carry on regardless.

Kings Gate Primary School Amesbury Official Opening December 2019
Wiltshire's Vice Lord Lieutenant, William Wyldbore-Smith stepped in to help unveil a plaque

Dignitaries had already gathered for the official opening of Kings Gate, so one of them took the Princess Royal's place for the day.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, William Wyldbore-Smith, who is appointed as one of the Queen's representatives, did the honours.

Kings Gate Primary School Amesbury Official Opening December 2019
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire met with the Kings Gate School Council

He was also given a tour of the brand new school, which will eventually have places for 315 children.

There are currently around 60 children at the Primary, after they opened in September.

Kings Gate Primary School Amesbury Official Opening December 2019
The children performed their version of Pink's 'Walk Me Home' that they'd been practising for the Princess Royal

The Wiltshire Vice Lord-Lieutenant spoke at the school assembly, which was also attended by some of the parents.

He described Kings Gate as a 'lovely place' and showed a 'wonderful effort' from all involved to make it a reality.

Kings Gate Primary School Amesbury Official Opening December 2019
A new plaque will need to be made to reflect the change in official opening

William Wyldbore-Smith also thanked the children and staff for their 'patience' after having the Royal visit postponed.

He also assured them that Princess Anne would try her best to reschedule.

Kings Gate Primary School Amesbury Official Opening December 2019
One of the parents at Kings Gate made a special cake to mark the occasion
Kings Gate Primary School Amesbury Official Opening December 2019
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant cut the cake as part of the celebrations

It's hoped the Royal Household will be able to reschedule the visit in the Spring.

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