PRINCESS Anne has officially opened a state-of-the-art community hub for former seafarers in Wallasey today.
The Princess Royal was greeted by wellwishers on arrival at The Trinity House Hub on Mariners' Park estate this afternoon. She later met invited guests and was given a tour of the facilities.
The centre, which cost £4m, includes community facilities such as a cafe, spa, gym and rooms for meetings and hobbies, along with 18 fully-accessible apartments for older seafarers and their dependants.
It is operated by the Nautilus Welfare Fund - a registered charity administered by the maritime professionals’ union Nautilus International.
It is a further phase of an ongoing development programme at the 16-acre site, which began more than a decade ago with the building of a new care home and has included a wide range of new residential facilities.
The largest donor to the project was Trinity House, of which the Princess is the master.
Among the invited guests was Wirral's mayor and mayoress, Cllr Dave and Sue Mitchell and the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead.
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