Over 1,000 Ribble Valley Residents Welcomed HRH the Prince of Wales to ClitheroePublished Tuesday, 21 March 2017
The visit of the Prince of Wales celebrated the best Ribble Valley and Lancashire food.
His Royal Highness’s visit marked 16 years since Ribble Valley was devastated by the foot-and-mouth epidemic.
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 was officially welcomed at Clitheroe Rail Station by Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate, Ribble Valley Mayoress Debra Holgate and Ribble Valley Borough Council chief executive Marshal Scott.
He then went on walkabout in the town centre, where he met food producers and traders at a small promotional event showcasing the food festival, among them Mrs Dowson’s Ice Cream and Gazegill Organic Farm, who have developed market-leading brands after being badly affected by foot-and-mouth.
He also visited Cowman’s Famous Sausage Shop, where he was presented with a Prince of Wales banger by proprietor Nick Gell.
He was given a rousing Ribble Valley welcome by enthusiastic crowds and local schoolchildren lining the streets, including pupils from St Michael and St John’s Primary School.
Photographs of the visit are available at the image gallery. More photographs will be added shortly.