Prince Philip knows marine isopods

Prince Philip visited Yarmouth Pier in Norfolk, East England, yesterday (06.08.08), as it starts extensive restoration work.

The prince made the trip to mark the beginning of the £350,000 restoration of the UK’s longest wooden pier, which is currently being eaten by gribbles, a type of marine isopod.

On Sunday (03.08.08), Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, also officially opened the Royal Southen Yacht Club in Hamble, Southampton.

The prince has had a long connection with the club. After joining in 1948, he was made Admiral of the club from 1952 to 2002 and now serves as its Patron.

After officially opening the club, Philip toured the accommodation facilities – originally homes for coastguards and fishermen – which have been reopened after a two-year restoration project.

Annette Newton, the commodore of the club, said: “We are so thrilled that His Royal Highness could be here to officially open the restored cottages.

His association with the Club goes back over 60 years and we are very honoured to have him as our Patron.”