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Lancashire’s Official Food Town Welcomes the Prince of Wales

Published Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Lancashire's official food town is to host a visit by HRH the Prince of Wales today.

The visit of the Prince of Wales will celebrate the best Ribble Valley and Lancashire food.

His Royal Highness’s visit marks 16 years since Ribble Valley was devastated by the foot-and-mouth epidemic.

Thirty-seven local farms had their livestock slaughtered and burnt on pyres to stop the spread of the disease, while hundreds more faced financial ruin as bans and quarantines around diseased areas meant thousands of non-infected animals could not be moved, transferred or sold. 

Now, in a triumph of community effort, many farmers have not only survived but successfully diversified their businesses, while Clitheroe is the official food capital of Lancashire hosting an annual food festival that attracts tens of thousands of food enthusiasts.

The Prince of Wales will meet food producers and traders at a small promotional event showcasing the food festival during a walkabout.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: "The visit of the Prince of Wales is a tremendous opportunity to showcase what Ribble Valley has achieved over the past decade. 

“The emergence of Ribble Valley as a premier food destination shows the never-say-die attitude of rural Britain and is a testament to the hard work of the community in overcoming adversity.

“We are delighted that the borough’s excellence in food production will be showcased tomorrow and I hope everyone will turn out to welcome the Prince of Wales to Clitheroe.”

Business owners and residents in Clitheroe town centre are reminded that entry to the following roads will be closed from 7am: Castle Street, King Street, King Lane and New Market Street to the Market car park. Railway View Avenue will be accessible from Railway View Road only. At 9.45am Moor Lane and Parson Lane will also close.

Parking will be not be permitted on the following roads from 6am: Moor Lane, Castle Street, King Lane taxi rank, King Street, Market Place and New Market Street to the Market car park.

Roads will reopen at 11.30am, apart from Castle Street, which will remain closed until the early afternoon. 

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