International White Water Course to be opened by Queen
9TH July 2012
THE QUEEN is to visit Stockton to officially open the International White Water Course on the River Tees.
The visit on Wednesday July 18 is part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.
The Queen will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh on the visit.
Hundreds of school children will join thousands of people from across the borough to welcome the Royal couple
The White Water course, originally opened in 1995, has undergone a £4.6m redevelopment transforming it into a world class training facility.
It is one of just a few Olympic standard courses available for competitors to use in the run-up to London 2012.
It offers a range of water-based activities including white water rafting and kayaking.
Stockton Mayor Councillor Lynne Apedaile said: “We are extremely honoured to welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the outstanding White Water Course.
“We are very proud of the world-class facility which really showcases our borough’s best natural asset – the River Tees.
“I’m sure Her Majesty and His Royal Highness will thoroughly enjoy their time in Stockton which will be packed full of water based and riverside activities.”
After switching on the rapids The Queen will watch as canoeists make their way down the new Diamond and Jubilee courses.
Her Majesty will also listen to a dedication from the multi-award winning Northern Cobweb Orchestra which has specially written a piece to commemorate the opening of the course.
Stockton Council leader Councillor Bob Cook said: “It will be a historic and exciting day for Stockton.
“The council is ambitious and we are working hard with our private and voluntary and community sector partners to regenerate our borough to ensure it is an excellent place to live, work and learn.”
The day is certain to be a real Diamond Jubilee celebration with entertainment from 1pm onwards.
Visitors will watch a range of water-based activities and demonstrations including rafting and canoe demonstrations, formations, stunts and various swimming displays compered by Five Live football commentator Stuart Hall, as they await the arrival of the Royal Party.
Entry is restricted to ticket holders for the White Water Course opening event who will enter the event on a park-and-ride basis. There will not be any access to anyone without a ticket on the day.