Prince of Wales visits after the flood
Friday 19th November 2010
The Prince of Wales today visited Lostwithiel and and St Blazey to see the damage caused by the November flash flood. HRH Prince Charles has close ties with Lostwithiel: Duchy of Cornwall has extensive property and businesses in and around Lostwithiel and recently completed a multi-million pound refurbishment of Restormel Manor holiday cottages. Two years ago the Princes Trust contributed towards the purchase of Duchy Palace to help preserve the historic building.
Accompanied by Lostwithiel Mayor Vic May, Prince Charles visited families and traders affected by the flood, including Fantasia Bridal, Stick of Lostwithiel, The Carpet Gallery and Pisces Fish & Chip shop before meeting emergency service workers at the Fire Station and members of the community.
Shopkeepers whose businesses were inundated with muddy water were impressed with the genuine concern that Prince Charles showed, and said that his visit and personal interest had given them a morale boost. The Prince commented that he was "full of admiration for the Cornish spirit - the people have been so resilient to this disastrous turn of events. I think it really is quite wonderful how everyone gets together to help each other and offer mutual support."
On the same day, Prime Minister David Cameron visited Mevagissey and Pentewan to see first-hand how the clean-up operations were going and hear accounts from those affected. He said "My first message is that Cornwall is open for business. It is a testament to the Cornish communities that they have dealt with the damage caused by the floods so quickly, and the tourism industry has been kept alive in this area."