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Revamped park is fit for royalty

The Earl of Wessex has officially opened the newly refurbished Dock Park in Dumfries. His Highness was joined by the Countess of Wessex who met local schoolchildren and even tried a bit of mini-golf.

The park has had a £2 million overhaul and is already proving to be a big hit with locals and tourists.

Lori Carnochan reports:

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'It's the start of the regeneration of the town'

The Earl of Wessex has officially opened the newly refurbished Dock Park in Dumfries.

The park has undergone a £2 million upgrade, which includes new toilet facilities, mini golf and an improved children's play area. The park's iconic bandstand has also been restored.

The upgrade was jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Cllr Colin Smith says it's just the start of things to come.

A royal play in the park

The Earl and Countess of Wessex were in Dumfries today to mark the official opening of Dock Park after its £2 million refurbishment.

Children from local schools for waited their arrival.

The Countess of Wessex greeting school children Credit: ITV Border
The royal party walking through bowling greens after greeting schoolchildren Credit: ITV Border

Councillor Colin Smyth from Dumfries and Galloway Council said:

"It's fantastic to have a royal visit today to officially open the Dock Park. It's a beautiful day and it really showcases what a great facility we have here. I've been working hard to push for the upgrade and I'm delighted that the £2 million has been put to such good use."

The Earl of Wessex tries his hand at mini golf Credit: ITV Border
The Countess of Wessex playing mini golf, watched on by her husband Credit: ITV Border

After trying out the new facilities, the Earl and Countess of Wessex officially opened the park by unveiling a plaque.

Children wait with their flags as the Earl makes his way round to the plaque Credit: ITV Border
The unveiling of the plaque marks the official opening Credit: ITV Border

Children swing into action at newly refurbished park

The upgraded bowling green in the centre of Dock Park Credit: ITV Border

The newly refurbished Dock Park in Dumfries is being officially opened by the Earl of Wessex.

The park has had a £2 million upgrade and now boasts a new mini golf area, a refurbished play park and new toilet facilities.

School children wait for the royal arrival Credit: ITV Border

Children from local primary schools are awaiting the arrival of the Earl of Wessex, when he will officially open the newly refurbished park.

The newly refurbished bandstand Credit: ITV Border

The bandstand has been the focal point of the park since the 19th century. Over the past few years it had gradually fallen into disrepair, but it has now been restored to its former glory.

The new mini golf area is expected to be popular with families Credit: ITV Border

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Royals visit Dumfries and Galloway

The Earl and Countess of Wessex l Credit: PA

The Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit Dumfries to open Dock Park.

Dock Park has recently undergone a £2 million regeneration. The revamp was funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie will then visit youth groups and sea-cadets in Dumfries and Galloway.

Prince Charles' Cumbrian visit comes to an end

If you've been keeping an eye on international affairs you'll know that eight-month-old Prince George has made his first public appearance today down under.

But, closer to home, his grandfather has been on a visit to Cumbria.

Prince Charles has said it's marvellous to be back in the county.

During a day of public engagements he has been to an auction mart near Kendal, a hotel in Penrith and a pub in Caldbeck.

He finished the day with a visit to Workington, and our correspondent Tim Backshall was there.

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