Prince Edward Earl of Wessex at official opening of South Lakes Leisure Centre in Craigavon

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex officially opened the £35m South Lakes Leisure Centre in Craigavon this morning.

Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 12:40 pm

The Earl attended the event, with his wife the Countess of Wessex, at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council’s new flagship leisure centre to meet staff and community groups.

It is understood Prince Edward and his wife Sophie also met staff at Cafe Incredable as well as those involved in the vaccine roll-out across the borough.

The Southern Health Trust used the South Lakes Leisure Centre as a vaccine hub during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex with his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex at the official opening of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon's South Lakes Leisure Centre.

DUP Cllr Mark Baxter said: “Last year our party brought a motion to council inviting the Queen or her representative to officially open our new leisure centre at Craigavon.

“I am delighted along with colleagues this morning to welcome Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex and her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex.”

Cllr Darryn Causby said: “It was great to welcome their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex to Craigavon this morning. It was a very special occasion and it was great to see the work of the vaccine staff. leisure centre staff and Cafe Incredable staff being recognised!”

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at the official opening of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon's South Lakes Leisure Centre. Here he is being presented with some lollipops by staff from Cafe Incredable.

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Prince Edward Earl of Wessex at the official opening of the South Lakes Leisure Centre in Craigavon.

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Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, Glenn Barr greets Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at the official opening of the South Lakes Leisure Centre in Craigavon.