Jan 27 2010 Airdrie & Coatbridge
Princess Anne visits Airdrie
HRH The Princess Royal cut a special cake to mark the first birthday of a children’s house in Airdrie.
During a visit to North Lanarkshire, Princess Anne spent time touring the house, which provides residential accommodation for young people.
She was welcomed by Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Gibby Cox MBE and introduced to Councillor Barry McCulloch, convener of housing and social work, council officials and some of the young people who are currently living in the house.
Councillor McCulloch said: “The Princess Royal was very interested to hear the young people’s experiences and chatted to them for some time.”
“She was able to see the high quality of accommodation and facilities in the house, including the communal meeting area, bedrooms, garden and computer area, where the young people can do their homework.
“This is one of four children’s houses that we have built in recent years, while a fifth house was extensively redesigned and refurbished.
“As a result of this investment, we can provide modern, comfortable houses for the young people who need our care and support for, often, short periods in their lives.”
After cutting the birthday cake, Princess Anne signed the house visitors’ book and was presented with a posy as a memento of her visit.
Later that day she also visited the Getting Better Together project in Shotts.