Queen to visit Palm Paper and West Norfolk Deaf Association, in King’s Lynn
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be in King's Lynn tomorrow morning to visit the town's Palm Paper mill and the West Norfolk Deaf Association.
Norfolk Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson and the chief executive of Palm Paper, Dr Wolfgang Palm, will meet the royal party at the paper mill which dominates the skyline to the west of Lynn.
They will be shown a model of the complex before the Queen tours the building and the main control room while the Duke of Edinburgh will visit the machine room. They will also meet employees and local community groups before the Queen unveils a commemorative plaque.
Palm Paper's modern technology is capable of producing 400,000 tonnes of newsprint a year.
The mill, in Saddlebow, first went into production in August 2009 – just 15 months after groundwork began on the site which included the positioning of 12,000 steel piles within the foundation structure.
Following their visit to Palm Paper, the royal party will move on to the West Norfolk Deaf Association's centre in Railway Road, Lynn.
Established in 1991, the organisation moved into the premises in 1997 after a substantial National Lottery grant.
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Providing a range of services, from support groups to British Sign Language courses – the charity relies heavily on volunteers.
It runs a number of clubs and support services both at the centre and via outreach.
The centre is also home to the Me2 Project which focuses on the communication needs of deaf children.
It aims to get more people involved in sign language and deaf awareness issues in a bid to prevent affected youngsters feeling isolated.