East India Dock hosted a Royal visit as the Queen’s cousin came to open a new wing of a popular east London mission.
Princess Alexandra of Kent met with residents and guests at the Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest (QVSR) in East India Dock Road to officially open extra accommodation for the mission’s residents.
The Simco Wing is part of a major refit, which started in 2009 and to date has seen the creation of 92 en-suite rooms, alongside the modernisation of many facilities.
As a patron of the charity, the Princess visited to see how the works were going and was met by some of the workers and residents.
The wing has been named in honour of QVSR’s former general secretary and current chairman Terry Simco MBE, in honour of his 50 years of dedicated service.
The QVSR first opened its doors in 1843 and today continues to provide accommodation and support for former seafarers, servicemen and others in need of accommodation.
A total of 156 men currently living there.