Princess Royal Visits to Lanarkshire – 26th March 2019

The Princess Royal visited the Autism Resources Coordination Hub (ARCH) in Burnbank, Hamilton on 26th March 2019 having earlier in the day attended the Scotland Churches Trust reception at Bothwell Parish Church .

The visit to the ARCH project was also attended by three pupils from Uddingston Grammar , Lucy Hubbard , Kevin Geoghegan and Isla Reidford along with their computing teacher Mrs Ezziane . The pupils took photographs at the visit and produced the following update for the Lieutenancy Website :

We arrived at the ARCH and were  briefed by staff about what was going to happen. We were notified of HRH’s arrival via the security, we watched a large convoy of police escorts appear in the street. 

Princess Anne arrived and was  introduced to South Lanarkshire Council    Provost Ian McAllan  , Chief Executive Lindsay Freeland  as well as the ARCH Co-ordinator Ramon Hutchingson. HRH was then escorted into one of the activity rooms to chat to staff and service users.  HRH spent time speaking to everyone individually and listening to everything everyone had to say.  HRH spoke to them about how they got involved in helping children with autism and what it was like. The staff told their story and what it meant to them to help in the ARCH.  

Princess Anne was then escorted to the entrance hall where Mr Hutchingson said a few words  and HRH then unveiled the plaque to commemorate the visit. HRH was then invited to sign the visitors book and was presented with a beautiful gift.

Picture shows Ramon Hutchingson ARCH Coordinator along with the Princess Royal .

Article written by Uddingston Grammar Pupils .

Photography by Uddingston Grammar Pupils .


Posted by Gavin Whitefield