Andrew is Lowestoft bound

A second Royal visitor is to pay a visit to Lowestoft, this time to open new £6.5m vocational training building at the town's college.

A second royal visitor is to visit Lowestoft, this time to open a £6.5m vocational training building at the town's college.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, will be in the town on April 25, less than three weeks after his sister the Princess Royal was the guest of honour to officially open Lowestoft's £14.7m Sunrise scheme.

The new vocational department is sited in a new building at Lowestoft College and has been designed to help students learn their trades in work-like environments.

The building, which took 16 months to build, is the first stage in a planned redevelopment of the college, designed to make it ideally placed to train people in Suffolk and Norfolk to the highest industry standards.

Vice-principal Teresa Miller said: "The college is delighted the Duke of York has agreed to open our new training facility. The building has been recognised as one of the most up-to-date training facilities available, providing workshops for construction, engineering and boatbuilding training.

"This will be a great asset for the area and we are pleased to be working with increasing numbers of local employers.

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"The Duke of York will tour the building, visiting the boatbuilding, plumbing and brickwork workshops where he will be able to speak with both students and staff."

The duke will also unveil a plaque to commemorate the occasion and meet with guests from the area.

"This is part of a celebration of how the college is moving forward and placing it in a positive position to be able to address the national skills agenda, deliver the new specialised diplomas and develop a local base for the study of higher education," added Ms Miller.