Countess joins the smiles at Sunbeams
IT was, as royal engagements go, perhaps one of the more unusual.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex clapped and sang along to versions of I’m a Believer and Blue Suede Shoes as she officially opened the £2.1 million Sunbeams Music Trust headquarters near Penrith yesterday.
The official opening of the music centre marks the fruition of a long and extraordinary journey for the Sunbeams charity, which began in 1992 in Annie’s sitting room with just a £13.60 donation from her then eight-year-old niece.
The Countess referred to her enjoyment of the occasion before she unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit, during which she was given a tour of some of the centre’s specially adapted rooms, where she met groups of users.
“It is a joy to be here. I don’t think I have had so much fun in an afternoon for a long time,” she said.
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