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Prince Charles visits Kirkby Lonsdale

Hundreds of people filled the bustling market square and surrounding streets in the hope of meeting the Prince of Wales.

And they weren’t disappointed.

The prince charmed everyone he met and spent much longer than intended on his tour of the town. On his walk through the streets the prince sampled real ale from Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, spoke to schoolchildren, received gifts from shopkeepers, met market traders, spoke with dignitaries, listened to brass bands and passed the time of day with countless locals.

Surrounded by a sea of cameras and phones, the prince’s first port of call was the town’s market square which has seen a renaissance in recent months.

Town councillor, Donald Carmichael, was one of the first to welcome the prince.

He said: “Prince Charles asked if the market was thriving and I explained that the town council has taken it over because it had been on its last legs. His recognition of the work we are doing here has given us a huge boost.”

Kirkby Lonsdale residents, Mike Marczynski and Mel Mackie, said they had also told the prince that the market was doing well.

Mr Mackie said: “We always hear about his visits to places down south. It’s brilliant that he has come here. It’s put Kirkby Lonsdale on the map.”

Making his way through the throng, the prince popped into the Love The Lune community shop and information centre.

Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said: “The prince spoke about his fondness for the area and his desire to support it.

By Lancaster Guardian