The media team who have been following the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall for their tour of Wales this week got an unexpected treat, and they themselves became the targets of a photo opportunity. Their Royal Highnesses were visiting Criccieth, and whilst the Prince headed for a local clog-maker, the Duchess headed for the Lifeboat station. However, she could not resist an ice-cream from Cadwaldr’s Ice Cream parlour, and then promptly treated the following press corps to ice-creams.
The Duchess then proceeded to the Lifeboat Station, where she was introduced to the volunteer crew who have given years of service to the local community and those in peril around the coast. The Prince later joined her on the slipway for a photo opportunity with the lifeboat crew. Peter Williams who is Lifeboat Operations Manager at Criccieth said ‘It was a pleasure to welcome TRH The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prince of Wales to Criccieth lifeboat station this afternoon. The RNLI depend on the dedication and commitment of its volunteers to provide the lifesaving service. Today’s Royal visit will be a special day for many of the station’s volunteers as The Duchess recognised the work of the charity here in Criccieth.’
In 2015 Criccieth RNLI volunteers saved three lives in Tremadog Bay with the volunteers launching the lifeboats 21 times and rescuing another 17 people. Already in 2016 Criccieth RNLI have launched 13 times, rescuing nine people. The volunteer crew carry out weekly training exercises and are committed to respond to the pager any time of day or night to help those in trouble at sea.”
The Prince had been visiting the workshop of Trefor Owen who has been making clogs since 1978, and for the last eight years at the workshop in Criccieth. He explained the clog making process to the Prince, and how he could hand make a pair and a half of clogs each day. He had also thanks to help from the Prince been able to take on an apprentice who was now setting up a workshop of his own.
Following their visit to Criccieth, Their Royal Highness’s flew by helicopter to the Bangor University Ocean Sciences facility in the Menai