Published 8 September 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester have been visiting exciting community and heritage initiatives in Cornwall.

The Duke started his visit in Penryn, where local school children came out into the streets to help celebrate Penryn's 800th anniversary. 

The Duke then met visually impaired people and staff at iSight Cornwall, which provides assistive technology to people with sight problems. The Centre contains a specially adapted kitchen, where The Duke watched visually impaired clients preparing fresh pasta alongside chefs from a local restaurant. The Duke was also shown some of the products on offer in the iSight shop.

Meanwhile, The Duchess of Gloucester met young residents in the town of Saltash. The Duchess watched a performance by the TR14ers community dance group, and then met performers from Livewire youth project, both of which are projects designed to encourage the confidence and wellbeing of local young people.

Livewire provides young people with free music, dance and drama lessons, and also teaches them the technical skills, such as lighting and sound recording, needed to put on performances in the centre's live arts venue.  

The Duchess then learnt more about the history of the town at Saltash Heritage and officially opened the town's Blue Plaque Trail. She also popped in on the Saltash Chronicles embroidery project at Saltash Church and Mary Newman's Cottage, the oldest building in Saltash.

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester rounded off the day with a final visit together to HMS Raleigh, the largest Royal Navy training establishment in the South West, where they inspected a guard of honour. They also met trainee sailors from the Crean Division, which provides support for recruits who have suffered injury or illness in training.