Final preparations put in place for Princess Anne’s visit to Fareham

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FAREHAM town centre will be brought to a standstill during next Tuesday’s visit by Princess Anne.

The Princess Royal is visiting to watch HMS Collingwood, the navy’s training base, exercise its freedom of the borough by marching through the town centre.

She will then open the upgraded West Street play area to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The march will start from the Bath Lane car park at 10.40am, with the main ceremony at the podium in West Street at 11am.

But as a result, several roads will be closed, including Bath Lane, Civic Way, East Street, Hartlands Road, High Street, Quay Street, Union Street and parts of West Street, at various times between 1am and 2pm.

Bath Lane car park must be empty by 8am and will reopen at 11am and there will be no street parking in High Street from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

Council leader, Cllr Sean Woodward said: ‘If we have weather like we’ve had this week, than it will be a great day.

‘It’s the first time in anybody’s living memory we’ve had a royal visit organised by the borough and it’s all been planned down to the last minute so I hope it will be a big event.

‘I would advise people to get in place as early as possible, and to avoid the High Street area.’

For more details about the closures go to fareham.gov.uk