The Queen Visits Lancaster

5th June 2015

Her Majesty the Queen visited Lancaster on Friday 29th May. The Queen arrived by train at Lancaster Rail Station and was then driven to Lancaster Castle as crowds lined the streets, waving their flags in the pouring rain, to welcome her. The Queen was handed the keys to the castle by Constable Pam Barker and Nancy Weedey who were representing Lancaster Priory. She then left the stage after just a few minutes, giving a little wave to the crowds before entering the castle for a tour which included a performance of Shakespeare's Richard II by Lancaster-based Demi-Paradise Productions. Wearing a turquoise outfit by Angela Kelly, the Queen, Duke of Lancaster chatted to honoured guests at the castle on her first visit to Lancaster since 1999. The entire operation ran efficiently and was well supported by Lancaster spectators and businesses who had dressed their shop window for the occasion.

New Look, fashion retail outlet based in Marketgate shopping centre reported a boost increase in sales in advance of the Queens visit and after her visit saw an influx of customers, with every fitting room being occupied. New Look's peak transaction time took place between 11am and 12pm and they were delighted to report higher sales than they had seen all week.

BID manager Liz Hickingbotham was among the honoured guests who were introduced to the Queen she said: "I was honoured to meet her majesty and she was very interested in the work which the BID does with local and independent businesses in Lancaster city centre. I personally have no doubt that the Queens visit will have a great impact to the business economy in Lancaster. The businesses in Lancaster will be able to capitalize on this incredible event as there is no other event in the Lancaster calendar that will bring this number of people into the city centre on such short notice."

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