Whistle stop tour of East Sussex for Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

Queen and Prince Phillip visit Newhaven
Queen and Prince Phillip visit Newhaven

Thousands of people turned out across East Sussex today (Thursday October 31) to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

The royal couple began their tour in Newhaven where they visited West Quay Fisheries, owned by the Bickerstaff Fishing Company.

Here hundreds of people braved the rain, bearing umbrellas and wearing waterproof coats.

Out of the cloudy, gloomy sky a helicopter landed nearby.

Then a few minutes later the Royal couple arrived to see cheering people waving flags and sporting big smiles, despite the awful weather.

Next up on their tour of East Sussex, they visited the new YHA Hostel at Southease.

Here they met staff, toured the newly refurbished facility and glamping pods.

They also met Duke of Edinburgh Award students staying at the centre, before unveiling a plaque to mark the opening of the hostel.

Amongst the guests were pupils from South Malling C of E Primary School in Lewes, who cooked Halloween treats in the kitchen and then presented them to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Next the Royal party headed for Lewes, where hundreds of people lined Cliffe High Street to catch a glimpse of them.

They were given a tour of iconic Harveys Brewery and the Queen even helped start the brewing process for a batch of Elizabethan Ale.

The party then enjoyed lunch in a marquee in the Harveys yard.

Harveys cellar hand Matthew Durrant, 34, said: “We have had a wonderful time. It was very exciting, but we were nervous.”

One woman in the crowd had travelled from Worthing to see the Queen.

She said it was a special moment for her to be in Lewes because she had missed out on seeing the Queen several times before.

She said: “I went to see her a few years ago but I fainted and so I missed the whole thing. I then went to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations but I could only see the back of her head.

“We were up early to be here today, we have a good spot and so I am hoping I will get to see her today.”

The final destination on their tour of East Sussex was The Keep in Falmer, which is a new local archive centre, opening to the public towards the end of this year.

It will eventually house six miles of archives and resources dating back 900 years.

Here the Queen and Duke met staff and volunteer groups before unveiling a plaque to mark her visit.

Pick up the Sussex Express tomorrow (Friday) for full coverage and pictures of the visit.