Princess Anne joined the celebrations in Lynton and Lynmouth to mark the 125th anniversary of the twin villages Cliff Railway this morning (Friday). Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque in Lynmouth at the foot of the historic water powered railway at around mid morning, before taking a carriage up to Lynton for a civic reception and lunch at the Town Hall. The special visitor met railway staff and their families plus those with a special connection to the railway. This included descendants of the Marks family and the Jones brothers the original design engineer and builder of the unique funicular lift. She also stopped to talk to every stallholder at the small market held by the top of the railway. I think she is lovely, she was so down to earth, it was like talking to an ordinary person, said stallholder Frances Broster of Stitches Plus from Barnstaple. She seemed quite interested in what we did. Gina Sutton of Natural Affinity from Combe Martin, added: She was very informal and quite open to talk to. We were not given any protocols of what to expect or how to address her, but it was just a straightforward chat. The visit marked start of a whole weekend of 125th anniversary celebrations. Travel on the railway is free, with travellers invited to make donations to Help for Heroes, Tall Ships Youth Trust and the Childrens Hospice South West. This evening, the Chivenor Military Wives Choir will perform at the Town Hall. Tickets are available on 01598 752384.