The Prince of Wales will visit Cumbria next Wednesday, 9 April visiting the county’s auction centre.
Charles will meet directors, staff, farmers and tenants at J36 Rural Auction Centre in Crooklands. During his visit, he will view and auction of premier Herdwick lambs.
“The Prince is a terrific supporter of Cumbria and we cannot thank him enough for this visit. Since 2001 he has been a regular and very welcome visitor, championing our rural affairs and responding to our needs through projects supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund,” John Geldard, director of the L&K Group that owns the Centre commented to The Westmorland Gazette.
“On a national and international level The Prince has done much to boost British agriculture too with mutton and wool being two good examples,” Geldard continued.
Charles will also meet North West Auction apprentices and tenants who businesses vary a local farmer’s daughter who just opened a salon to a multi-million pound business.
“This is a big day for us as we welcome The Prince who will see our new centre in action,” stated John Drinkall. Drinkall is the L&K Group chairman and operates a farm with his sons on the Duke of Westminster’s Abbeystead Estate.
During the rest of his visit, Charles has scheduled stops in Penrith in the east part of the county then he is off north to visit Workington and Wigton. He will meet guests at the launch of The Prince’s Countryside Fund Tourism Initiative in Penrith.
As Founder of The Northern Fells Group, the Prince will mark the group’s fifteenth anniversary by meeting volunteers, staff, supporters and beneficiaries during a reception at the Oddfellows Arms in Caldbeck, Wigton.
Also on his visit Charles, Patron, West Cumbria Hospice at Home, will tour the charity’s new Workington Hospice, including the therapy rooms, the family rooms and the shop, and will meet staff, patients, volunteers and supporters.
Charles last visited in Cumbria in March 2013 when The Prince’s Countryside Fund offered five Land Rover Freelander 2 vehicles for a year to anyone who could demonstrate they would utilise the vehicle for the benefit of the community.