HRH The Princess Royal attends grand opening of Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust’s new visitor centre, The Portal

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust’s new visitor centre ‘The Portal’ on Monday 14th March for the official grand opening.

Her Royal Highness took a tour of the new centre, which was completed in September 2015, and met individuals who played a key role in the development of the project. Children from Wren’s Nest Primary School were also present at the event, and were treated to an educational workshop session in the centre’s new learning suite.

The multi-million pound Portal building marks a significant improvement in facilities for Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust. The centre is home to a new restaurant, a function room and learning suite and an exhibition gallery which details the history of the Dudley Canal Tunnel and Limestone Caverns (The Biffa Award Gallery). The Trust aim to use their new centre to enrich the visitor experience for the general public, and for schools.

“Everyone here at the Trust was excited to let Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal explore the caverns we have worked so hard to restore,” said Nick Morris, Chief Executive of Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust.  “It’s been a day of celebration for all involved”.

The event culminated in the unveiling of a plaque and a reception for invited guests, and The Princess Royal was presented with a gift painted by roses and castles artist and boat skipper at the Trust, Tim Yorke.