Coral Reef Waterworld was visited by HRH The Countess of Wessex on Wednesday, 29 November, to mark the formal re-opening of the much-loved waterpark following its recent refurbishment.
Her Royal Highness was received by Mr Jeffrey Branch, Vice Lord Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire, before being welcomed by The Mayor of the borough of Bracknell Forest, Cllr Mrs Tina McKenzie-Boyle, the Mayor’s consort and Vincent Palizcka, the council’s director of environment, culture and communities.
The royal party was taken on a tour of the iconic venue, where The Countess of Wessex met and talked with council staff and members, including its leader Cllr Paul Bettison OBE; representatives from the refurbishment project teams; Brymor, Atkins and Van Egdom and Coral Reef staff.
Her Royal Highness was given a demonstration of the 5 new waterslides before boarding The Coralina pirate ship to meet with long standing members of staff and Coral Reef’s mascot, Pirate Pete.
After her tour of the facility, The Countess of Wessex made her way to The Reef Restaurant where she formally marked the re-opening of Coral Reef with the unveiling of a plaque, which will be displayed in the reception area.
Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, resources and public protection said:
It has been a privilege to be part of such a special day. I had the honour of being able to accompany Her Royal Highness on her tour of Coral Reef and talk to her about my long standing relationship with the venue and why it holds a place close to my heart.
Coral Reef remained open to the public during The Countess of Wessex's visit and it was fantastic to see our visitors being able to play a part in such an iconic day. This has been a day that I will remember for many years to come.