Prince Charles to visit Withernsea
By Hull Daily Mail | Tuesday, July 09, 2013, 11:00
WITHERNSEA is to be given a royal boost with a visit from Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Royal boost: Prince Charles visited Withernsea as part of a tour of Hull and the East Riding on June 8, 1995.
Their Royal Highnesses will meet fishermen and members of the community when they stop off in the town's Valley Gardens and Shores Centre on Tuesday, July 23.
The pair will also visit Bridlington and Burton Fleming, where they will meet fishermen and members of the community devastated by the floods earlier this year.
The visit was confirmed by Clarence House.
Councillor Claude Mole, chairman of East Riding Council, said: "As chairman of the authority, I am immensely proud the East Riding will host such distinguished royal visitors and for the communities involved it will be an historic occasion and cause for celebration.
"I hope residents and visitors to the area will turn out to greet Their Royal Highnesses and help make their visit to the East Riding truly memorable."
The visit will start in Burton Fleming, where the Prince of Wales will meet members of the community affected by the floods in January and emergency service workers at The Burton Arms Public House.
The Prince will then meet fishermen and members of the community at Bridlington's harbour, while The Duchess will meet representatives of local charities and community groups at The Spa Bridlington.
The Duchess of Cornwall will then visit Fish and Chips at 149, which won the 2011 Fish and Chip shop of the year and the pair will then stop off at Bridlington Priory to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the Priory.
Their Royal Highnesses will finish their trip with a visit to Withernsea, where they will meet fishermen and members of the community in Valley Gardens and the Southern Holderness Resource Centre.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, said: "This is really exciting news, not only for the three communities announced as part of the royal visit, but for the wider East Riding and I am sure will generate an enormous sense of civic pride.
"Burton Fleming, Bridlington and Withernsea have faced their fair share of challenges over the years but all have a positive future ahead and to receive such high-profile visitors is testament to the strength and resolve of their residents and I am sure they will come together and provide The Prince and The Duchess with a real East Yorkshire welcome."
Hosting the Prince will be Councillor Arthur Hodgson, who is also member of the Fisheries Local Action Group.
He said: "The main focus of the visit will be the fishing industry. Bridlington bay is one of the best shellfish ports in the world.
"About £1m of lobster also hits the beach in Hornsea and Withernsea a year, but the vast majority of this goes abroad.
"We need to encourage the use of our assets on the east coast and, hopefully, this visit will highlight the work that goes on."
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