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Prince Charles Visits Stranraer

DELIGHTED Stranraer youngsters had a special treat on Friday - their own personal visit by Prince Charles.

Pupils and teachers from Rephad School lined up at London Road Playing Fields to greet the Royal visitor. But, instead of climbing straight into his helicopter for a flight to Whithorn, Prince Charles walked across to the waiting youngsters and down their lines, speaking to them and to teachers. Only then did he return to his aircraft for the flight and, as the helicopter passed overhead, it hovered and bowed to the cheering children.
prince charles' visit

Later, head teacher Mrs Pat Martin, who was one of those Prince Charles stopped to speak to, told the 'Free Press'

"No-one expected he would have the time. To make time for us was lovely".

The main purpose of his visit to the region was to visit Whithorn and also to privately meet the Solway Harvester families at Isle of Whithorn.

Trustee of the Solway Harvester Appeal John Scoular told the 'Free Press' after the royal visit

"It was a very successful visit and it was much appreciated by the families.

"It was a very private occassion and the Prince really went out of his way to make everybody feel relaxed and he chatted to each and every member of the families".

Councillor for the Whithorn area Sandra McDowall said

"He has certainly won a few hearts here. It has been a great day for the area".

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