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[Royal Visit, Alexandra Park]

The procession drove through the new park to a dais which had been prepared for the ceremony, batteries of the Sussex Artillery Volunteers furnishing a guard of honour, while the band of the Scots Fusiliers (1st Battalion) played a selection of music. Mr. Marnock, the designer of the park, was presented to the Prince, who also accepted at the Mayor's hands a handsome album, containing views of the park and the town and neighbourhood. The Prince declared it as his pleasure that the park should be open for the public, and the princess of Wales planted a tree in commemoration of the visit. The park is 77 acres in extent, and is a beautiful pleasure-ground, an enlargement of the old "St. Andrew's Gardens."

SOURCE: The Illustrated London News, July 1, 1882, p.14

Alexandra Park declared open