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Princess Anne is beaming on Northern Ireland flying visit to open new gym facility

By Amanda Ferguson

Princess Anne looked impressed as young gymnasts demonstrated their acrobatic skills to their royal visitor yesterday.

During a one-day visit to Northern Ireland, the Princess Royal and First Minister Peter Robinson watched a display of agility by children from the Rathgael Gymnastics & Tumbling Club at a new facility at Balloo Industrial Estate in Bangor, Co Down.

The Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex in Bangor was also given a royal seal of approval.

The princess unveiled a plaque to officially open the complex, which has been welcoming the public since March.

Earlier in the day she attended a College of Occupational Therapists workshop in Jordanstown to mark the 40th anniversary of occupational therapy education at the University of Ulster.

The princess, who is a patron of the College of Occupational Therapists, said: "I'm hugely appreciative of what the university has done for OTs but I'm enormously appreciative of the support for occupational therapy here in Northern Ireland and their success in this partnering with their business partners."

As part of the one-day visit the princess also visited the Lagan Valley Hospital's midwifery-led unit in Lisburn.

She was accompanied by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers.

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