A South Tyneside Church of England Chaplaincy was thrilled to be visited by HRH The Princess Royal on Wednesday 22nd January.
Fr Chris Fuller and The Right Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow were among those that met HRH The Princess Royal when she visited the Mission to Seafarers in Holborn House on Mill Dam, South Shields today. The Princess Royal was visiting the Mission to reopen it following extensive works to refurbish and modernise the building. The historic building and refurbished club area, provides a home away from home for many seafarers visiting the Tyne area, supporting them both materially through its various facilities and spiritually via the chapel and chaplaincy team.
Fr Chris Fuller, The Vicar of St Hilda’s South Shields who also provided Chaplaincy support to the Town Centre and to the Mission to Seafarers in South Shields said: “It was an honour to meet The Princess Royal, She was really interested in the work that the Mission does in the port of Tyne in South Shields and we talked about how being both a Vicar and Chaplain in the town was a very interesting and rewarding job.
“HRH is the president of the Mission to Seafarers and it was fantastic that she was able to make time in what must be a very busy schedule to come to the North East and spend time with us as we celebrate the new renovation work.”
The Right Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow said: “It is fantastic that the important work of the Mission to Seafarers in the North East has been recognised by this Royal visit. These kinds of visits really give a boost to all those involved in the Mission, but at the same time it is really important for the people of the North East as well.
“HRH The Princess Royal spent a lot of time chatting to staff and invited guests about the work of the Mission and how it continued to offer a place of help advice and support for the world’s seafarers – wherever they maybe in the world. It is really good-news that we can continue to do that work here in South Shields.”