PORTORA welcomed two royal visitors yesterday (Tuesday) for its final official event ahead of its merger with the Collegiate to form Enniskillen Royal Grammar School in September.
On a one day visit to Co. Fermanagh, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester stopped off at the school and were greeted by guests including the First Minister Arlene Foster, Education Minister Peter Weir and outgoing Portora principal Neil Morton.
The couple toured the school and met some students before unveiling a plaque commemorating pupils who lost their lives in World War One. They were also presented with a copy of a book on the school’s 400 year history before being taken on a tour of the Portora Boathouse by former vice-principal Robert Northridge.
The royal couple also toured Waterways Ireland Headquarters and after meeting various voluntary groups and businesses, they were treated to a boat tour of Lough Erne and a visit to Devenish Island.
In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess officially opened a new sensory garden and recreational area at Killadeas Day Care Centre which was created through fundraising by the Rotary Club of Enniskillen. Their final visit of the day was to Ballinamallard United FC to present the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK.
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