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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 June, 2003, 18:12 GMT 19:12 UK
Countess gives tourism boost
The Countess of Wessex with performers from Kids R Us
Kids R Us performed at the Minack Theatre for the countess
The Countess of Wessex has visited a number of attractions in the South West to promote tourism.

The South West Coast Path, Exmoor National Park and a Devon farm were among the places the pregnant countess visited.

Nine members of the Royal Family travelled to tourism sites across the country.

It was part of a campaign to encourage people to take holidays in Britain.

The countess opened a newly-refurbished section of the South West Coast Path at St Levan's Well.

She then watched local children from theatre company Kids R Us performing at the Minack Theatre in Porthcurno, Cornwall.

Cairns Boston, from South West Tourism, said he was delighted with the support she had demonstrated with her visit.

Children watch the countess at Pennywell Farm
The countess talked to school children at Pennywell Farm
"She has brought real credibility to it all. It is quite special.

"The youngsters gave an amazing performance, and to have young voices, and a mother-to-be watching them, was very inspirational."

The countess met tourism representatives before travelling to Pennywell Farm, near Buckfastleigh in Devon, where she toured the farm, stroked animals and talked to children.

Fourteen-year-old Angus Murray presented her with a locally made sheepskin rug for her baby, which is due in December.

The countess ended her visit to the region on Exmoor, opening the new Simonsbath Sawmill.

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