HRH The Earl of Wessex ewas greeted by villagers when he officially opened Pelsall’s £4 million health, library and children’s centre yesterday.
The Prince waved and chatted to the crowd before entering the building for a tour led by Sue Grainger, Walsall Council head of libraries and heritage, and architect Paul Harries from Baart Harries Newell.
Prince Edward chatted with staff at the centre as well as pupils from St Michael’s, Pelsall Village and Ryders Hayes schools. He also met the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Mohammad Nazir, the leader of Walsall Council, Councillor Mike Bird, as well as ward councillors Garry Perry, Marco Longhi and Oliver Bennett. Representatives from NHS Walsall and GPs also met the Prince.
Councillor Anthony Harris, portfolio holder for leisure and culture in Walsall Council coalition, said: “We were absolutely delighted that Prince Edward came to officially open Pelsall Village Centre and everyone was really excited about his visit.”
Pelsall Village Centre is a joint project between Walsall Council and NHS Walsall. It features a library, pharmacy and children’s centre along with health officers and treatment rooms.
The Prince also visited Shelfield Community Academy and Pelsall Hall, the care home in Paradise Lane.