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Opening of the Sea Wall and Promenade, 1928

Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

       

Left: Her Royal Highness The Princess Mary Viscount Lascelles

Right: The Right Hon., Viscount Lascelles, K.G., D.S.O.

Programme

Friday, 7th September, 1928

At noon: Her Royal Highness The Princess Mary Viscountess Lascelles, accompanied by the Right Honourable The Viscount Lascelles, K.G., D.S.O., with the Lady-in-waiting (Miss Sybil Kenyon Slaney) in attendance, and the Right Honourable Lord Middleton and Lady Middleton, will be met on their arrival near the Borough Boundary in Easton Road by the Mayor and Mayoress (Alderman and Mrs C. H. Gray), The Right Honourable Lord Deramore (His Majesty's Lieutenant for the East Riding of York) and Lady Deramore, Captain and Mrs T. L. Wickham Boynton, The Town Clerk (Mr George Melvin) and the Chief Constable for the East Riding (Captain A. F. Hordern).

After presentations the Royal Party will proceed to the St Anne's Convalescent Home, via Easton Road, Westgate, High Street, St John Street, Quay Road, Prospect Street, King Street, Cross Street and the Promenade, as under:

First car: The Chief Constable for the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Second car: Her Royal Highness The Princess Mary and The Mayor, Alderman C. H. Gray.

Third car: The Right Honourable Viscount Lascelles, K.G., D.S.O., and The Mayoress, Mrs C. H. Gray.

Fourth car: The Right Honourable Lord Deramore, Lady Deramore, and the Lady-in-waiting, Miss Sybil Kenyon Slaney.

Fifth car: The Right Honourable Lord Middleton, Lady Middleton, and The Town Clerk, Mr George Melvin.

Sixth car: Captain T. L. Wickham Boynton, and Mrs T. L. Wickham Boynton.

Various portions of the route will be lined by the Christ Church Lads' Brigade, The Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, The British Legion, Members of Friendly Societies and other Organisations. Prospect Street, extending from the railway crossing, will be lined by school children under the care of their teachers.

A pause will be made at the War Memorial, where Members of the British Legion will be drawn up under the command of Colonel C. H. Pearce, O.B.E.

AT THE ST ANNE'S CONVALESCENT HOME

12.20pm: On arrival at the St Anne's Convalescent Home, Her Royal Highness will be received by the Members of the House Committee; The Lady Superior (Miss Hoskyns); and the Hon. Secretary (Mr R. G. Kirlew).

Her Royal Highness will inspect the St Anne's Convalescent Home.

12.35pm: The Royal Party will leave the St Anne's Convalescent Home.

AT THE BEACONSFIELD GARDENS

12.40pm: Her Royal Highness will arrive at the Beaconsfield Gardens, Promenade.

The Royal Party will then enter the Gardens, and the following Ex-Mayors of the Borough will be presented to Her Royal Highness by the Mayor: Alderman T. Grimshaw, Ald. J. T. Hill, Ald. E. Lambert, Ald. J. V. Mainprize, Ald. W. A. Storr, Councillor C. H. Holmes.

The Royal Party will walk through the Gardens to the Eastern entrance, and afterwards proceed in their cars to the main entrance of the Royal Prince's Parade in the Esplanade.

12.45pm: The Royal Party will alight at the entrance to the Royal Prince's Parade and walk to the Restaurant at the Northern end, at the entrance to which the Mayor will present the following ladies and gentlemen to Her Royal Highness:

Sir Alexander and Lady Macdonald of the Isles, Thorpe Hall
Major and Mrs Strickland, Boynton Hall
Mrs Wright, Bessingby Hall
Mrs Yarborough Lloyd Graeme, Sewerby Hall
Major A. N. Braithwaite, M.P., and Mrs Braithwaite, The Grange, Adel, Leeds
Alderman T. D. Fenby, M.P., and Mrs Fenton, "Hawarden," St John Street, Bridlington
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of York
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Hull
The Mayor and Mayoress of Scarborough
Commander A. E. H. Wright, D.S.O., R.N., Senior Naval Officer in charge of Destroyers visiting Bridlington
The Town Clerk, Mr George Melvin, and Mrs Melvin
Mr and Mrs J. R. Procter, Beverley
The Chief Constable of the East Riding Constabulary (Captain A. F. Horden, A.F.C.)
The Chief Lord of the Manor of Bridlington, Mr J. O. Wentworth, and Mrs Wentworth
The Mayor's Chaplain, The Rev. J. Vivian Davies, and Mrs Davies
The Chairman of the Bridlington Rural District Council, Mr T. W. Woodcock, and Mrs Woodcock
The Members of the Town Council and their wives
The President of the Free Church Council, The Rev. T. Moss, and Mrs Moss
The Borough Surveyor, Mr A. Everingham, and Mrs Everingham
The Borough Treasurer, Mr C. J. Wilkinson, and Mrs Wilkinson
Mr and Mrs J. H. Haiste
Mr G. and Miss Hankinson
Mr and Mrs J. T. Levitt

1pm: Her Royal Highness and Party will be the guests at Luncheon of the Mayor and Mayoress

The Toasts at the Luncheon will be as follows:
"His Majesty The King"
Proposed by the Mayor (Alderman C. H. Gray, J.P.)
"Her Majesty The Queen"
"H.R.H. The Prince of Wales"
And the other members of the Royal Family
Proposed by the Mayor
"H.R.H. Princess Mary Viscount Lascelles"
Proposed by the Mayor
Responded to by the Right Honourable Viscount Lascelles

2pm: The invited guests - other than the Royal Party - will proceed to their motor cars in the Esplanade and will be conveyed to the New Sea Wall and Promenade, viz: Garrison Street, Prince Street, Queen Street, Bridge Street, South Cliff Road and Spa Promenade.

2.15pm: Her Royal Highness, the Viscount Lascelles, The Mayor and Mayoress and Party, will leave the Royal Prince's Parade and proceed to the New Sea Wall and Promenade, in the following order:

First car: The Chief Constable of the East Riding; Second car: H.R.H. The Princess Mary, and the Mayor (Alderman C. H. Gray, J.P.); Third car: The Right Honourable Viscount Lascelles, and The Mayoress Mrs C. H. Gray; Fourth car: The Right Honourable Lord Deramore, Lady Deramore, and The Lady-in-waiting, Miss Sybil Kenton Slaney; Fifth car: The Right Honourable Lord Middleton, Lady Middleton, and The Town Clerk; Sixth car: Captain T. L. Wickham, Boynton, and Mrs T. L. Wickham Boynton

OPENING CEREMONY OF NEW SEA WALL AND PROMENADE

1.45pm to 2.15pm: The Christ Church Lads' Brigade, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, The British Legion, V.A.D., Members of Friendly Societies and other Organisations, will assemble and take up the positions allotted to them for the Opening Ceremony.

During this period a programme of music will be rendered by the Band of the 5th Batt. The Green Howards.

2.15pm: The invited guests - other than the Royal Party - will arrive and take their places on the dais for the Opening Ceremony.

2.30pm: Her Royal Highness and Party will arrive and take their places on the dais for the Opening Ceremony.

A Guard of Honour of the 5th Battalion The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment), under the Command of Captain Lofthouse, will be inspected by the Right Honourable Viscount Lascelles, and the Right Honourable Lord Deramore (H.M. Lieutenant).

The Mayor will call upon the Town Clerk to read the Address of Welcome to H.R.H. Princess Mary.

The Town Clerk will read the Address of Welcome, which will be as follows:

TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS MARY, VISCOUNTESS LASCELLES

May it please your Royal Highness

We, The Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Bridlington extend to your Royal Highness a cordial and sincere welcome on the occasion of your visit to Bridlington, together with the Right Honourable The Viscount Lascelles, for the purpose of opening the New Sea Wall and Promenade on the South Foreshore, the completion of which forms an important event in the history of the town.

We desire to express our deep gratitude for the honour Your Royal Highness has graciously conferred upon the Borough, which afford the utmost gratification to all its inhabitants.

We would respectfully record our appreciation of the grat and kindles interest ever shown by Their Majesrties, the King and Queen, and by all members of the Royal House, in all matters affecting the well-being of His Majesty's subjects, particularly those having for their object the alleviation of suffering and affliction, and which interests we observe with pleaasure is again evinced by the visit Your Royal Highness will pay to the Lloyd Hospital.

We sincerely trust that you may have pleasant recollections of your visit to our ancient town, and humbly beg Your Royal Highness to accept this expression of the devoted loyalty and affection which we entertain for Their Most Gracious Majesties, the King and Queen, Your Royal Highness, and other members of the Royal Family.

Given under our Common Corporate Seal this Twenty-ninth day of August, One thousand nine hundred and twenty-eight.

Charles Hy, Gray, Nayor
George Melvin, Town Clerk

The Mayor will present the Address of Welcome to H.R.H. Princess Mary, and will request her to open the new Sea Wall and Promenade.

Alderman E. Lambert will hand to Her Royal Highness the Casket containing a pair of scissors for the purpose of cutting the tape.

The Borough Arms will be engraved on the lid of the Casket and the following inscription will be placed on the front of the same: "Presented to H.R.H. The Princess Mary Viscountess Lascelles on the occasion of the Official Opening of the New Sea Wall and Promenade, Bridlington, 7th September, 1928."

Her Royal Highess will cut the tape, and declare the Sea Wall and Promenade duly open, and will name the same "The Princess Mary Promenade."

Her Royal Highness will be presented with a bouquet by the Mayoress.

The Right Honourable Viscount Lascelles will, on behalf of Her Royal Highness, thank the Mayor and Corporation for the Address of Welcome, and will present to Cadet Captain J. L. Chalkley, Commanding Officer, The Christ Church Company, Church Lads' Brigade, Bridlington, the "Grenfell" Mace, won by the Bugle Band of the Christ Church Company, Church Lads' Brigade, Bridlington, in competition open to all battalions of Church Lads' Brigades in Great Britain.

The Royal Party - accompanied by the Mayor and Mayoress and invited guests - will proceed along "The Princess Mary Promenade" to the Southern end thereof, where their cars will be waiting.

Her Royal Highness will inspect the Church Lads' Brigades, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, V.A.D., Members of Friendly Societies, and other Organisations as she passes along "The Princess Mary Promenade."

3.10pm: The Royal Party will proceed to the Lloyd Hospital, via Kingston Road, Cardigan Road, Station Road, in the following order:

First car: The Chief Constable of the East Riding; Second car: H.R.H. The Princess Mary, and the Mayor (Alderman C. H. Gray, J.P.); Third car: The Right Honourable Viscount Lascelles, and The Mayoress Mrs C. H. Gray; Fourth car: The Right Honourable Lord Deramore, Lady Deramore, and The Lady-in-waiting, Miss Sybil Kenton Slaney; Fifth car: The Right Honourable Lord Middleton, Lady Middleton, and The Town Clerk; Sixth car: Captain T. L. Wickham, Boynton, and Mrs T. L. Wickham Boynton.

The remaining guests will return to the Town Hall in their cars.

AT THE LLOYD HOSPITAL

3.15pm: Her Royal Highness and Party will be received at the Lloyd Hospital by Colonel Y. G. Lloyd Graeme, the President of the Institution.

The Members of the Honorary Medical Staff, the Honorary Secretary and the Matron will be presented to Her Royal Highness.

The Royal Party will inspect the Lloyd Hospital, and afterwards leave for the return journey to Goldsborough Hall, via St Johns Avenue (East), St John's Avenue (South), and Bessingby Road.

       

       The Mayor, Alderman C. H. Gray                           The Mayoress,  Mrs C. H. Gray