Matt Taylor, the Prospective Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown was among 200 people in a welcoming party, to see the Queen officially open The Keep as part of her Sussex tour taking in Beddingham, Newhaven, Lewes and Moulsecoomb, on Halloween’s Day 2013.
The Keep; a purpose built multi-million pound building will host the country’s records going back 900 years. Included among the air-conditioned archives will include Royal letters and the Mass Observation Record, which has been chronicling British life since 1937.
PUTTING MOULSECOOMB ON THE MAP.
Commemorating a Royal Halloween, the historic visit to open The Keep marks six years since the Queen was last in Sussex. Welcomed inside The Keep by the crème dela crème of Sussex society, the Queen and Prince Philip were escorted in by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Martin Richards.
After 30 minutes touring The Keep’s facilities, the Queen walked outside to meet a lucky group of well wishes choosen from the crowd. Regardless of the damp day, spirits were high, as the excited crowd applauded the Queen as she waved at the crowd, before getting back into the Royal Bentley to be driven the short ride to Stamner Park, where the Royal party flew off in a helicopter.
The Keep will be free of charge to use and will be opened to the public in November.
A TRIP DOWN MEMORIES LANE
Seen in this fascinating footage taken by British Pathe in 1951, The Queen, then a young Princess visited Hastings, Worthing, Brighton, and Lewes. Times have changed, but the loyalty to the Royal Family remains the same.