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Princess Royal visits region

The Princess Royal is visiting the region to officially open the new Northside Bridge in Workington, and the new headquarters of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

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Princess Anne opens Northside bridge

Princess Anne cuts the ribbon on the bridge Credit: ITV Border

The Princess Royal has become the first person to drive across the new Northside Bridge in Workington. The former bridge was destroyed in the floods of November 2009. Princess Anne has now opened the new £11 million pound bridge linking the centre of Workington with the Northside area of the town.

She met the widow of PC Bill Barker, the policeman killed when the old bridge collapsed as well as families affected by the floods. Prayers were said during the ceremony to bless the bridge, including one from the Archbishop of York.

Princess Anne meets the Barker family Credit: ITV Border

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