Ipswich: Finishing touches in place for Kate’s visit

HUNDREDS of people are expected to line the streets to celebrate next week’s royal visit.

The Duchess of Cambridge will be dropping in at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) on Monday to unveil the new Treehouse centre in St Augustine’s Gardens.

Two hundred lucky readers who scooped tickets in a ballot will be in the grounds of the hospice to hear Kate make her first public speech at the new hospice, which was financed by a fundraising appeal that raised �3million in just over a year.

Lindsey Newton, EACH press and media officer, said: “We’re delighted that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge will visit and formally open The Treehouse.

“Not only will it celebrate the dedication and generosity shown by supporters of the �3m Treehouse Appeal, but it will also acknowledge the success of the building which gives greater choice and flexibility to the life-threatened children and their families who access our services.”

During the special visit, Kate will complete a tour of the facilities and meet the children and their families before making her first public address.

A spokeswoman for Clarence House said: “Her Royal Highness is looking forward to coming to Ipswich to open the hospice.” A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “There is going to be minimal disruption to the town and there will not be any road closures.

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“The actual approach into St Augustine’s Gardens leading up to EACH will be the only area coned off.”