Friday 18 August 2017

Queen signs in at fishing museum

The Queen visits True's Yard Fishing Heritage Museum in King's Lynn, Norfolk
The Queen visits True's Yard Fishing Heritage Museum in King's Lynn, Norfolk

Museum volunteers were left red-faced after the Queen reminded them to let her sign a visitors' book.

At the opening of a new exhibition in a fishing museum in King's Lynn, Norfolk, the Duke of Edinburgh noticed the royal couple had not signed the guest book.

Volunteers at True's Yard Fishing Heritage Museum quickly ran to collect the book so it could include the royal signatures.

The Queen signed the book "ElizabethR" and Prince Phillip wrote "Phillip, 5 February 2010".

The couple visited the town, which is near the Sandringham Estate, to open an extension to the museum which is dedicated to preserving the last part of the Victorian fishing community.

The Queen unveiled a plaque to open the extension which includes a smokehouse and an education room.

Chairman of the trustees Dr Paul Richards said: "It was a great honour for her to visit us.

"She showed a great interest in the buildings we have restored and she was fascinated by the stories about the people who once lived here."

Founder of the museum Pat Midgley added: "This museum is important for keeping a history of the fishing community but it is also a good tool for research.

"It was an honour for The Queen to visit - it means so much to the volunteers."

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