LiveLIVE BLOG: Royal Visit: Prince Charles in South Cumbria

First published in News
Last updated

This live event has finished

Summary

  • HRH The Prince of Wales is visiting Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh today. Our reporters will be joining him on his visit. Follow live updates and pictures here and use the hashtag #royalvisit to see your tweets included in our blog.

7:54pm

Prince Charles showed off his driving skills during his visit to Kirkby Lonsdale by taking part in a training session where he drove a vehicle on a mini-Terrapod, an off-roading mobile unit that uses a combination of steep slopes, low friction surfaces and other obstacles to emphasise the grip and traction abilities of the vehicle.

He said: "I really want to use this opportunity today to express my warmest possible gratitude to Land Rover for their really remarkable generosity in ensuring we now have this splendid scheme.

"Land Rover, as a fully-fledged supporter of the Prince's Countryside Fund, is creating a bursary of its own with the gift of five Freelander 2s for a year which can be won by five individuals who can demonstrate that they will be using the cars for the rural community.

"It is this sort of willingness to be involved that makes a fantastic difference in ensuring we can maintain the priceless national asset that is our British countryside."

4:51pm

The Westmorland Gazette:

Check out our gallery of photos from Prince Charles' visit to Cumbria today.

3:40pm

The Prince of Wales celebrated the 100 year anniversary of HF Holidays with staff, walkers and children at Thorns Hall in Sedbergh earlier today.

Children representing the international walking company also presented Prince Charles with a bear called ‘Burdock’ before he cut a celebratory cake.

Bob Gomersall, former chairman of HF Holiday’s said the prince was a ‘genuine bloke’, while Joanna Albert, on holiday from Brooklyn, New York said ‘everyone at home will be jealous, I feel like I won the lottery when I found out he was coming.’
 

The Prince also signed a copy of ‘The Story of HF Holidays’ - which Chief Executive Brian Smith joked ‘would be going on Ebay soon.’
 

He was given a tour of the Hall before boarding a helicopter to fly to Alston for the final leg of his Cumbrian tour.

2:40pm

Here's a video of Prince Charles arriving in Kirkby Lonsdale this morning:

1:47pm

1:32pm

1:32pm

1:29pm

1:29pm

1:28pm

1:28pm

While we wait for the prince to arrive in Sedbergh, here are some more pictures from his visit to Kitridding Farm, at Lupton.

1:20pm

Reporter Tom Murphy in Sedbergh:

"Harry Wroe, a walk leader with the HF Holidays, has written a book about the history of the company. He says he hopes the Prince will sign some copies.

"The sun has come, but still cold. Children waiting excitedly outside for the Prince to come while walkers wait in the warm.

"An American visitor tells me its like winning the lottery being here when the Prince of Wales comes."

1:14pm

The prince is en-route to Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, which is home to HF Holidays, who are celebrating their centenery year.

He will meet with chief executive Brian Smith, before taking a walk around the house, receiving a cuddly toy walking bear and cutting a birthday cake.

HF Holidays is an award-winning, growing co-operative society providing sociable, walking and leisure activities holidays.

1:11pm

So, after his visit to Lupton and Kirkby Lonsdale, Prince Charles' visit to South Cumbria moves on to Sedbergh, where our reporter Tom Murphy is waiting.

1:06pm

1:04pm

12:59pm

HRH is due to present certificates to two local volunteers who are retiring after 16 years of maintaining the church grounds.

 

12:58pm

12:57pm

12:56pm

12:51pm

12:51pm

12:50pm

12:50pm

12:49pm

12:49pm

12:49pm

12:42pm

 

12:41pm

12:38pm

Gazette reporter Anna Clarke, in Kirkby Lonsdale: The prince is wearing a long tweed coat - glad he's wrapped up warm as it's very cold here in Kirkby Lonsdale.

The brass band is serenading him as he tours the market.

Locals say the prince is a good advocate of farming and rural life.
 

12:36pm

12:31pm

12:31pm

12:30pm

12:18pm

The Prince of Wales said it was an 'enormous pleasure' to be back in Cumbria as he paid a visit to a Lupton farm this morning.

HRH impressed with his farming knowledge and genuine interest as he attended the launch of the Land Rover Countryside Fund Bursary Scheme, at Kitridding Farm.

The scheme aims to support rural countryside communities by offering five individuals or businesses a Freelander 2 for a year. 

Prince Charles also met those who have benefited from his countryside fund, which has invested £450,000 in Cumbria alone into projects training young people.

He spoke to Tony Booth, 22, from Kentmere, who was given funding for a sheep-shearing course and a tractor-spraying test.

Mr Booth told the Gazette: “Prince Charles seemed very interested and understood the challenges that the farmers face.”
 

12:15pm

12:14pm

12:06pm

12:04pm

HRH Prince Charles is touring the market in Kirkby Lonsdale this lunchtime, hearing about its history and progression over the last 18 months.

He will then meet pupils from Queen Elizabeth School and St Mary’s Primary School.

At St Mary’s Church he will be greeted by the rector, Reverend Richard Snow and present certificates to two local volunteers, who are retiring after 16 years of maintaining the church grounds.

He will also be escorted to Ruskin’s View, a viewpoint made famous by writer, John Ruskin, which was later painted by Turner.

He will also leave Kirkby Lonsdale at around 12.50pm, and head for Sedbergh.

11:54am

11:41am

11:38am

11:35am

Crowds are lining the streets in Kirkby Lonsdale, where Prince Charles is expected shortly.
 
The Prince of Wales, a big fan of Cumbria and its produce, is currently at Lupton where he said it was an 'enormous pleasure' to be back in the county.
 
He made a short speech in the tea rooms at Kitridding Farm, Lupton.
 

 

11:18am

10:59am

10:58am

Reporter Stephanie Manley: Prince Charles has driven a Land Rover over an obstacle course, known as a mini terra pod! That was hilarious!

10:45am

10:30am

10:28am

10:24am

Prince Charles has arrived at a very cold and windy Lupton.

His helicopter touched down a short time ago.

He's putting on his scarf - he'll need that today!

10:19am

Gazette reporter Stephanie Manley: Everyone is excited at Kitridding, near Lupton, waiting for Prince Charles, who is set to arrive by helicopter any minute.

10:02am

10:02am

9:58am

9:40am

The third stop on his visit will be at HF Holidays, at Thorns Hall, Sedbergh.

HF Holidays is an award-winning, growing co-operative society providing sociable, walking and leisure activities holidays.

On arrival at Thorns Hall, the Prince will meet chief executive, Brian Smith.

He will meet young members of HF Holidays and will be presented with a gift of a ‘Burdock’ Walking Bear.

He will also walk through the house, before joining a reception in the lounge.

Holidaymakers will get the chance to speak to him, before the Prince will cut a cake to mark the company’s centenary year.

9:39am

Cumbria fan Prince Charles will arrive at Kirkby Lonsdale at around 11.30am and will be greeted by local dignitaries, including chairman of Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council, Allan Muirhead.

He will take a tour of the market and hear a bit of its history and its progression over the last 18 months.

The Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band will play throughout this part of the visit.

He will then meet pupils from Queen Elizabeth School and St Mary’s Primary School.

At St Mary’s Church he will be greeted by the rector, Reverend Richard Snow.

He will present certificates to two local volunteers, who are retiring after 16 years of maintaining the church grounds.

He will also be escorted to Ruskin’s View, a viewpoint made famous by writer, John Ruskin, which was later painted by Turner.

He will leave Kirkby Lonsdale at around 12.50pm.

 

9:37am

The Prince’s first stop, in Lupton, will see him meet farmer Stewart Lambert and his wife, Christine, along with representatives of the Countryside Fund.

He will also call in on the Land Rover Experience driver training programme for beneficiaries of the Countryside Fund.

He will watch four Land Rover training demonstrations which will show off trailer towing, GPS navigation, winching and off-road driving.

It is thought His Royal Highness might also take part in one of the ‘off-roading’ sessions!

He will then move to the farm shop and tea room, where he will meet representatives from all of the Countryside Fund projects.
 

He will make a speech.
 

9:31am

ROYAL fever is gripping South Lakeland once again, ahead of the visit of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

Locals are dusting off their bunting and getting out the flags as they prepare to welcome Prince Charles to the area.

His first stop, part of a tour of Cumbria and Lancashire, will be at Lupton.

As patron of the The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the Prince will officially announce the opening of applications for The Land Rover Countryside Fund Bursary, to support rural countryside communities.

It will see five individuals or businesses offered a Freelander 2 for a year.

His Royal Highness will then visit a Land Rover Experience driver training programme for beneficiaries of The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

He will then move on to Kirkby Lonsdale, where he will spend an hour-and-a-half.

Allan Muirhead, chair of Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council, said: “We’re very excited. We preparing to give him a very warm, Cumbrian welcome.

“It’s 20 years since he was here last, when he came to open Church Brow Cottage.

“But that was a private event, whereas this will be a public one, so we’re very excited about welcoming him to our town.

“Clarence House has heard that Kirkby Lonsdale is good at localism and taking over services that otherwise might close.

“So he’s coming to visit the market and visitor information shop that we took over.”

A brass band, junior brass band and saxophonists from Queen Elizabeth School are rehearsing for performances in the town centre.

The Prince will visit the market, meeting stall holders, shopkeepers and residents.

He will also be given a tour of the parish church.

Mr Muirhead added: “Hopefully it will be a day to remember. We just hope the weather is on our side!”

The Prince will later visit Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, which promotes a sense of community through their walking and leisure activity holidays for families.
 

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree