On 6 July 2007, HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited The Lamp of Lothian Trust as part of our fortieth anniversary celebrations. Invited guests, almost 160 centre users, trustees and staff showed the Royal party around the Poldrate buildings and took part in demonstrations of all the activities which take place in the complex.
The Royal visitors took time to meet the groups and took a keen interest in the demonstration activities on display. A fitting high point to the Trust's 40th anniversary year, the visit was arranged by our Chairman Sir Garth Morrison, Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian. Her Grace, the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton was well enough to make what sadly turned out to be her final visit to the Centre she founded in 1967, and welcome The Queen and Prince Philip.
The visit gave Trustees an opportunity to raise awareness of The Lamp, and the invaluable work it supports for the whole community of Haddington and the surrounding area. In the months following the visit, many of the visitors on that day joined our Friends network, helping to raise the funds required to carry out a complete refurbishment of The Bridge Centre.