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Townswomen's Guilds welcome Royal Patron to Lincoln

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07 December 2011

HER Royal Highness The Princess Royal is visiting Lincoln on Tuesday (December 13) to attend the Northern National Carol Service of the Townswomen's Guild movement.

Princess Anne has been Patron of TG for more than 30 years and takes a keen interest in the activities of the UK's largest campaigning women's group. The service, in Lincoln Cathedral, starts at 1.30pm and admittance is by ticket only.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr Tony Worth, will formally welcome the Princess to the city before presenting distinguished guests, among whom will be National Chairman of Townswomen's Guilds Mrs Pauline Myers, Dean of Lincoln The Very Reverend Philip Buckler, High Sheriff Mr Robin Battle, Chief Constable Mr Richard Crompton, County Council Chairman Cllr Neil Cooper, Mayor Ms Kath Brothwell, Sheriff Mr Robin Renshaw, MP Mr Karl McCartney and three of the Lord Lieutenant's Cadets.

Princess Anne will meet the executive committee and stewards of TG before the service. Prior to leaving, the Princess will sign the cathedral visitors' book and is being presented with a posy in the Townswomen's Guild colours - green, white and violet - symbolising give women the vote - by Mrs Barbara Howie, Chairman of the Central Lincolshire Federation of Townswomen's Guilds. Barbara has been a member of Lincoln Minster TG for more than 30 years and was introduced to The Princess Royal at a conference on women of vision, including the suffragists who founded TG, in Newark earlier this year. She said: "The Princess was very interested to hear about Lincoln and the Cathedral in particular so I'm very pleased she is coming to experience its splendour for herself and am most honoured to be presenting the posy."

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