Duke of Edinburgh at South Creake

Duke at south creake ANL-150402-093242001

Duke at south creake ANL-150402-093242001

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The Duke of Edinburgh admitted his body was too creaky to exercise in South Creake.

The 93-year-old Duke politely declined an offer to take part in a zumba class during his visit on Tuesday.

The Duke visited the village to open the new memorial pavilion at South Creake near Fakenham, which replaced the one closed in 2003.

He quipped that he was almost as old as the original, which was built in 1920.

A small crowd of villagers braved the snow to see the Duke, who was greeted by Norfolk’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant, the Countess of Romney, and the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Dannatt, West Norfolk mayor Barry Ayres, Norfolk County Council chairman Brian Hannah, Norfolk Police temporary assistant chief constable Nick Dean and Len Ringwood, vice-chairman of trustees at the hall.

The Duke unveiled a plaque to officially open the new hall and met groups who use it. He said: “It shows remarkable community spirit and a lot of real effort to do something like this, so I’m sure it will be successful.”

Trustees began raising money for the new £700,000 hall, designed by Steve Wade, in 2011.