Princess Anne in Sunderland today to bestow a Royal honour on a vital heritage group

Proud and privileged – that’s the officials at a Sunderland group which received a Royal honour from Princess Anne today.

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 11:26 am

The Princess Royal came to Wearside today to bestow a very special award on Sunderland Maritime Heritage, the group which has done so much to preserve the city’s maritime heritage.

The popular society also has a museum and information centre which promotes Sunderland’s historic links to the sea.

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The Princess Royal presents the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to Sunderland Maritime Heritage.

Today, its ‘vital role’ was acknowledged when the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was presented by The Princess Royal.

Princess Anne went on a tour of the heritage centre before she presented the award to Christopher Carolan, Chairman of Sunderland Maritime Heritage as the charity’s volunteers, trustees and guests looked on.

Mr Carolan thanked everyone who has supported the group and then paid tribute to the team of tireless volunteers.

He said: “It was a great privilege to receive this award today from Her Royal Highness. We are all very proud that we have been given this award and would like to thank those who have supported us with grants, donations and sponsorship and enabled us to continue our charitable work.

HRH The Princess Royal with Chris Carolan from Sunderland Maritime Heritage.

"But primarily, this award would not have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers and their commitment to preserving the history of ship building in Sunderland in so many ways and I thank them most heartily for this.”

The Princess Royal was accompanied on the visit by Mrs Susan Winfield (Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear), Councillor Harry Trueman (Mayor of Sunderland City Council), Farooq Hakim (High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear), Jeff Brown, (Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear).

SMH’s guests on the day included the society’s Friend Frank Nicholson who nominated the group for Royal honour.

Princess Anne takes a look at the model of HMS Venerable which is on show at Sunderland Maritime Heritage.

Other SMH guests on the day included Thomas Rowe, Honorary Vice President, Sunderland Maritime Heritage; Ralph Saelzer, Managing Director, Liebherr-Sunderland Works, and the daughters of Fred Gooch (the man who the society’s museum is named after because of his mastery at model making) Catherine Armstrong, and Christine Bowens.

The Lord-Lieutenant, Susan Winfield, said: “I am delighted that Sunderland Maritime Heritage has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It is truly well deserved for their dedicated work preserving and promoting maritime heritage in Sunderland.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, it aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities.

It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

A proud day for the Sunderland Maritime Heritage team.

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Today's visit of the Princess Royal to Sunderland Maritime Heritage.
Happy times as the Princess Royal visits Sunderland today.
HRH Princess Royal visits Sunderland Maritime Heritage to present the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
A proud moment as HRH Princess Royal visits Sunderland Maritime Heritage to present the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
A wonderful day for Sunderland Maritime Heritage which received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service from Princess Anne.