Grantham barracks given a touch of glamour for Princess Royal’s visit

James Wall created the ambience for a visit by Princess Anne at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.
James Wall created the ambience for a visit by Princess Anne at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.
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Creative design was given the Royal seal of approval by Princess Anne when she visited the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham.

The usually drab, masculine barracks were given a feminine make-over and touch of glamour for the special visit, which was organised as part of the Logistics Corps 20th anniversary celebrations.

James Wall created the ambience for a visit by Princess Anne at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.

James Wall created the ambience for a visit by Princess Anne at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks.

It was all designed and created by James Wall, of Wall Event Management, who was invited to organise the decorations and creations for the rooms Princess Anne would be visiting.

He said: “I wanted to create someting different in each room to mark the occasion.”

James, who began his career in landscaping by helping to build up The Garden Yard in Union Street, Grantham, was given free rein to create an ambience that would make a good impression.

Part of his design saw 20ft tall cherry blossom trees used, but due to inclement weather they did not bloom in time for the visit so plain tree structures were used instead with artifical blooms acquired from Helen’s Flowers of Grantham. James, who lives in Evedon near Sleaford, said that they still looked “amazing”.

After all his effort, James, 27, was pleased to hear that Princess Anne’s husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, commented on sculptures James chose to sit behind the head table. James said: “To hear a comment like that was all I wanted.

“I was very proud to be involved and I hope to do more events for the Army.”