On the morning of Saturday 1st August 2014 the Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to Newquay's Historic Harbour. He was warmly welcomed as he chatted to representatives of the Trustees of Newquay Pilot Gigs, Cornish Pilot Gig Association, Cornwall Rowers Association for the Blind and members of Newquay Rowing Club.
Of Newquay's Pilot Gigs on show the Duke was obviously keen to learn more about the 'Treffry', the gig used as the pattern for modern gigs. He spent time chatting to crews before being introduced to other members of the Newquay Rowing Club.
The Duke of Edinburgh was shown the Tunnel and historic photographs of the harbour before moving on to view the new 'Treffry Centre' which replaces the fishermen's stores lost in a fire May 2009. From the buildings balcony he watched five gigs, line astern, raise their oars in salute.
To end his 45 minute visit he unveiled a plaque bearing the words "To commemorate the visit to Newquay Rowing Club by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT on 1 August 2014."
Members of Newquay Old Cornwall were among those awaiting the arrival of HRH
Meeting the pilot gig crews
The Tunnel housing an incline, part of the old 'Tram Track' through town
Destruction of fishermen's stores 14th May 2009 and the new Treffry Centry
HRH + Phil Trebilcock
Gigs, in line astern formation, salute HRH
2nd August 2014