AN ABATTOIR in Skegness was given the royal seal of approval when HRH Princess Anne visited on Monday.
The Princess went along to Lincolnshire Prime Meats which trades as Bowmans in Heath Road, Skegness to officially open the business.
The company opened in May 2010 but began fully trading in September 2010 and is owned by Jon and Lucinda Seagrave.
Lucinda said: “We were really excited when we heard she was coming as we hadn’t expected her to come to Skegness with it being so far away. I know she is supportive of rural areas in Lincolnshire. We were so pleased to show her what we’ve done.”
Lucinda and her husband Jon wrote to Buckingham Palace to ask if Princess Anne would visit.
Lucinda added: “We thought she was very interested in the process of the product as there is no real waste of the animal. She was also keen to learn how the animal was used and the general refurbishment of the abattoir as she produces and rears pigs herself.”
The event was attended by many people in town including the town’s Mayor.
Sue Binch, Mayor of Skegness said: “She was a very down-to-earth person, which is completely different from what you would’ve thought. I was very pleased to meet her and she did look enthusiastic to be here. We feel very proud and privileged to have had the chance to meet her.”
The princess also officially opened the Butterfly Hospice in Boston where she was taken on tour of the completed building.
Princess Anne said: “It’s a pleasure to be here. It’s been quite a long wait to get to this stage of the building.
“To see what you’ve managed to achieve, I hope, will spur you on, because you’re so nearly there.
“My congratulations to you.”