Royalty will tour West Sussex museum

On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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ROYALS will be making a special visit to an outdoor museum and a gallery as they tour West Sussex.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will be visiting Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton on Friday, June 8.

The couple will tour the museum – a collection of historic buildings from around the country – as well as meet representatives from youth voluntary organisations.

Later in the day they will visit Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

They will tour the current exhibitions – Keith Vaughan: Romanticism to Abstraction and The Art of Chichester Festival Theatre: A Celebration. Finally the couple will visit the Festival of Flowers in Chichester Cathedral, where the building will have been transformed by the craftsmanship of 150 flower arrangers.

Susan Pyper, Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, said: ‘We are most grateful to their Royal Highnesses for agreeing to visit us as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.’