Mayor greets The Queen at London City airport

30 July 2012 in 2012 Games and legacy and Business and Mayor
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales welcomed The Queen to Newham for the second time in two days when she visited Silvertown’s London City Airport on Saturday.
The previous evening millions around the world had seen ‘her’ jump from a helicopter with 007 James Bond into the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Stratford.

Sir Robin quipped: “I told her how impressed I was by her epic feat at the Olympic Stadium the night before and she was amused by that.”

The Queen came to the airport to unveil a plaque marking the 25th anniversary of its opening, which she had performed in 1987. She met with airport staff and guests including Newham councillors and council chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry.

The Mayor said: “The airport is one of our largest employers and a driver of regeneration. It cements Newham’s position as a world class destination for business and leisure.

“We have been proud to work with them to maximise the airport’s potential and to ensure that local people really benefit from the opportunities coming our way.

“With the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, the eyes of the world are on Newham and we will use that global attention to stimulate the local economy and establish the Royal Docks area as a leader in emerging technologies and green enterprise.”

During her visit to the airport The Queen also met Paralympic swimmer Amy Marren, who is supported by the airport, and Lali Said, a five-year-old from Beckton’s Richard House Children's Hospice, the airport’s chosen charity.