HRH Princes Anne will visit Harrogate International Centre (HIC) today (Wednesday, June 12) when she will speak to thousands of Townswomen’s Guild (TG) members at the organisation’s AGM.
The Princess Royal, who has been patron of the TG for 30 years, will join other high profile speakers including broadcaster and campaigner Esther Rantzen and London 2012 Olympic rower Katherine Copeland MBE. The annual convention attracts delegates from throughout the UK and returns to Harrogate in 2013 after a break of seven years.
AGM organiser Lisa-Marie Davison said:
“This is the first time Princess Anne has been to one of our AGMs since 2011. Because Esther Rantzen is now our vice president she will also be coming to talk about her Silver Line project – a help line for lonely people.
“We decided to come back to Harrogate because it was the ideal venue; it had everything we needed and we were able to attract more of our northern members. People come to the AGM from all over the country so we needed to get the right location.
“We are really looking forward to it. Our members tend to come for the meeting then stay for a mini-break.”
HIC director, Simon Kent said the Royal visit and the return of the Townswomen’s Guild was great news for the Harrogate district.
“The Townswomen’s Guild AGM is exactly the kind of event we are trying to bring back to Harrogate. And the fact it returns with Princess Anne and some fantastic VIP speakers is a real coup for us.
“It’s good to know Harrogate, and its attractions, was one of the main reasons for the return of the event. I’m sure everyone will have a great time while they’re with us.”
The Townswomen’s Guild is the UK’s largest campaigning women’s group and its AGM is a chance for members to decide the organisation’s position on various issues.
This year delegates will discuss the matter of euthanasia and hear from Sarah Wootton, chief executive of Dignity in Dying, who will present an update on the controversial issue.