Pictures: Princess Royal makes flying visit to open Manuden homes

Princess Anne paid a visit to Manuden today (Tuesday).

Princess Anne paid a visit to Manuden today (Tuesday). - Credit: Archant

Royal well-wishers were today blown away by the visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, who arrived by helicopter to open Manuden’s new affordable housing development.

The Queen’s only daughter paid a flying visit to cut the ribbon for four affordable homes on David Collins Drive, which have enabled the funding and construction of a £1.6million community centre at the heart of the village.

After landing on the new football pitches - built as part of the deal struck by developers Pelham Structures - the English Rural Housing Association patron was shown around the new home of Elizabeth and Christopher Hannington, and presented with a poesy of flowers by daughter Amelie.

The royal visitor also planted a tree next to one of the houses, and enjoyed a buffet lunch at the new Manuden community centre.

“It was a perfect day,” said Manuden parish council chairman John Archer.

You may also want to watch:

“It was a brilliant, the weather really helped. We did wonder though if she’d be blown off the land, it was so windy!”

He added: “She was very friendly, and very knowledgeable about rural housing.”

Most Read

Councillor Julie Redfern, cabinet member for housing at Uttlesford District Council, said: “This is wonderful news for Manuden and the whole of Uttlesford.

“The visit by HRH The Princess Royal to officially open these much-needed affordable homes is a fitting way to acknowledge the work that has gone in to this ground-breaking project.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter