The official opening of the first buildings took place in the presence of HRH Princess Margaret in the afternoon of 27 October 1966. The Princess unveiled the plaque commemorating the opening near the top of the main staircase a much more significant structure than it is today.
The Princess and guests then toured the buildings in small groups before taking tea in the dining room.
The occasion was given significant cover by the local press and the Centre was depicted as providing a new and rather subtle psychological approach combined with modern physical treatment, which would make a stay in the Centre highly significant and dynamic. The first six patients had been admitted two days before the official opening and four more were expected shortly. Some difficulty was already being experienced, as Dr Peake put it to the committee, “to persuade the local authorities to accept financial responsibility” for these patients.