On Thursday July 1st 2010 there was much excitement abound when Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Llanwrtyd Wells to celebrate the town's award of the Calor Village of the Year 2009 – Wales.
Their Royal Highnesses arrived at Charcroft Electronics, Dol-y-Coed, to be greeted by one of the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the County of Powys, Colonel Timothy Van-Rees and other dignitaries including the High Sheriff of Powys, the Chairman of Powys County Council, Kirsty Williams AM, Councillor Ainsley Jones Town Mayor and Councillor Carol Prichard Deputy Mayor. The Royal Visitors were taken on a tour of the Manufacturing and Sales Departments by June and Paul Newman, owners/directors of the company, and unveiled a plaque to commemorate Charcroft’s 25th anniversary in Wales.
From there, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Heart of Wales Brewery where they unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the brewery. The party continued oninto the Belle Bar and HRH The Prince of Wales skillfully pulled a pint of home brewed Cambrian Heart Ale closely watched by proprietors Catherine and Lindsay Ketteringham.
From there the Royal Visitors continued to The Green, where they chatted and shook hands with many of the enthusiastic crowd awaiting them. THR’s met with many members of the local community, including Firemen from our Retained Fire Service and local Town Councillors. HRH The Prince of Wales was then invited to unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit, and a framed photograph of the Red Kite Statue was presented to the Royal Couple by the Town Mayor.
From there the party proceeded to Carlton Riverside, where TRH’s met with members of the Cambrian Mountain Initiative and a buffet was laid on. They then visited the Cammarch Valley Butchers where the Royal Couple were able to congratulate Del and Dai Davies on their recent marriage, and were presented with a home produced leg of Welsh lamb.
An enthusiastic crowd awaited TRHs in Victoria Square, where children from Ysgol Dolafon sang for Their Royal Highnesses and presented HRH The Duchess of Cornwall with a posy of flowers. The party proceeded inside Victoria Hall where they were able to meet representatives of local groups who had all been instrumental in the town being successful in winning the Calor Village of the Year 2009 - Wales award and the £10,000 prize money. Pupils from Ysgol Dolafon with the Headteacher, Mrs Gill Lloyd, also showed their work project on the Dover’s Journey.
The visit was a wonderful occasion for our town and its people, and will hold many happy memories for years to come.
To see some photographs of this event, please click the link
All photographs by kind permission of Lynn Wingrove and Chris Prichard