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A right royal party as Greenwich celebrates new status
A MOMENTOUS weekend of stunning celebrations saw Greenwich become the first new royal borough in more than 85 years.
Crowds gathered across Woolwich, Eltham and Greenwich at the weekend in a colourful celebration of its new-found status.
It culminated in a magnificent firework display above Greenwich’s iconic snow-covered streets to mark the accolade.
Greenwich is only the fourth local authority to become a royal borough – following in the footsteps of Kensington and Chelsea, Windsor and Maidenhead and, most recently, Kingston.
A special Jubilee year tribute, the accolade marks Greenwich’s historic links with the monarchy– from Eltham Palace to the Old Royal Naval College.
Erike Obulo, 33, of Friendly Street, Deptford, said: “I was born here and I think it is great.
“It has a great ring to it. It’s fantastic the Queen thinks so highly of Greenwich.”
Greenwich Market trader Kweku Quagrine, 28, said: “I think it is long overdue. It is an historical borough and deserves royal status.
“It is about time Greenwich was recognised for what it is. There is the Cutty Sark and the Meridian Line.
“It can only be a positive thing for the area.”
Though the accolade brings no direct material benefit, the council claims it will boost investment and business in the area, along with a sense of civic pride.
A new crest has been designed, and the council’s royal logo is already adorning some new street signs – others will be upgraded as and when it is required.
Celebrations will continue into Tuesday with the arrival of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery at at Napier Lines, its newly-built quarters at Woolwich Garrison.
The Troop is due to parade through Woolwich tomorrow, marching directly along Little Heath and Hillreach, crossing John Wilson Street into Wellington Street where at around 10am councillors will receive a salute.
It will then turn right along the edge of General Gordon Square, and right into Woolwich New Road before entering the Barracks Parade Ground on Grand Depot Road.
At around 10.20am the troop will march the short distance along Repository Road as it officially rides in to its new home, a purpose built equestrian training facility and accommodation centre.