The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to meet members of the public as part of their visit on Wednesday.
Their Royal Highnesses are due to arrive at the iconic Blackpool Tower at around 12.15pm for a round table discussion where they will be briefed about the town’s history, its challenges, and the investment and regeneration efforts that are currently underway.
After leaving The Tower at around 1.15pm, the couple will step out on to the seafront Comedy Carpet, the UK’s biggest public outdoor artwork, for a 20-minute walkabout with crowds gathering outside.
The Royal couple will then travel to Blackpool Central Library where they will join two separate discussions focusing on issues and initiatives of particular relevance to each of their ongoing charitable interests.
The Duchess will continue her work on early childhood and join people involved in Blackpool’s ‘A Better Start’ programme, including health visitors, practitioners from the Family Nurse Partnership, and parents.
The session, led by Merle Davies, the Director of Blackpool’s Centre for Early Child Development, will discuss the impact of long-term investment in mothers, fathers and children in their early years.
The Duke will meet people affected by problems around mental health, including issues such as homelessness and addiction, and meet people making a difference through the innovative work locally.
He will also meet representatives of the emergency services and first responder community to learn more about how they are helping people with complex mental health needs.
For the final stop of the day, Their Royal Highnesses will visit Revoe Park, a recently revamped community garden and park that has been transformed thanks to involvement from ‘A Better Start’.
The park, in an area of significant deprivation, had previously been a known location for drug use, yet is now a great example of how a long-term, community-led initiative can transform lives and provide new opportunities.
The Duke and Duchess will be able to see how the park is helping young children experience gardening and the outdoors, as well as providing space and activities that allow parents, particularly men, to talk about mental health.
The council say that a road closure is likely to be in place on the Promenade from approximately 11.30-2.30 between New Bonny Street and Talbot Road.
They say closures will be kept to a minimum.