Royal visit marks the start of a weekend of 125th anniversary celebrations.

Lynton and Lynmouth is preparing to greet Princess Anne on Friday when she visits to mark the 125th anniversary of the Cliff Railway.

Her Royal Highness will unveil a plaque in Lynmouth at the foot of the historic water powered railway around mid morning, before taking a carriage up to Lynton for a civic reception and lunch at the Town Hall.

To the sounds of a brass band, her route will be lined with school children, and she will meet railway staff and their families plus those with a special connection to the railway.

This includes descendants of the Marks family and the Jones brothers – the original design engineer and builder of the unique funicular lift.

The visit is the start of a whole weekend of 125th anniversary celebrations. On the day, travel on the railway will be free, with travellers invited to make donations to Help for Heroes, Tall Ships Youth Trust and the Children’s Hospice South West.

In the evening, the Chivenor Military Wives Choir will perform at the Town Hall, with tickets available from 01598 752384.