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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Prince Charles itinerary revealed for visit to Cumbria

Prince Charles will meet young people, dignitaries and visit St Mary’s Church as part of his visit to Wigton, it has been revealed.

Prince Charles photo
Prince Charles

The prince has in the past supported many of Cumbria’s causes and this looks set to continue as he makes the visit to commemorate the 750th anniversary of Wigton’s market charter.

The visit will begin at 1.30pm on Tuesday at the George Moore monument where the prince will meet civic dignitaries.

He will then walk down High Street to Wigton Youth Station and meet staff, as well as some of the young people who are supported by the charity.

His next stop will be at St Mary’s Church to view the stained glass windows commissioned by Melvyn Bragg, before touring the town’s market hall where he will chat to market stall holders.

Sam Massey, a youth station worker, said: “Our Something for the Summer project was put forward as one of the things he would like to visit and I think it’s a real honour.

“It’s awesome really and the people he’s going to meet can’t quite believe it at the moment.

“It’s nice that the town have recognised the young people.”

His Royal Highness’ visit will end when the Prince officially starts the work on Wigton’s new commemorative Market Cross.

The town’s market charter was originally granted by King Henry III to Walter de Wigton, Lord of the Manor in 1262.

A full programme of celebrations has been organised in the town to mark the special anniversary.

Joe Cowell, Wigton town councillor, said: “We are delighted that the prince will be spending time in Wigton, talking to local people and helping us to celebrate the anniversary of the market charter.

“We are hoping that the street will be packed with local people to welcome the prince and would encourage whole families to line the route he will take around the town.”

In the past Prince Charles has championed Cumbria’s causes, including launching a £3.1m project to save red squirrels in the north of England at the beginning of last year.

He has also suggested that the endangered species should become the UK’s official national symbol.

JJohnson@cngroup.co.uk

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