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Charles returns to Cumbria after the floods of Storm Desmond

The Prince of Wales is to return to flood-hit Cumbria where rural communities and tourism continue to thrive in spite of recent challenges left by Storm Desmond.

Charles - Patron of The Prince's Countryside Fund, English Tourism Week and the Wordsworth Trust - will see how the region's flood recovery has come on since his last visit three months ago.

He will meet students at Penrith's Applied Learning Centre at Ullswater Community College, a comprehensive school for 11 to 18-year-olds which serves the largest catchment area in England.

As Patron of The Prince's Teaching Institute, he will see the specialist facilities on site for pupils on vocational courses including a motor engineering garage, hair and beauty salon and workshops for teaching plumbing, bricklaying, painting and decorating.

The Prince will then visit Pooley Bridge to celebrate the opening of a temporary bridge over the River Eamont after the collapse of the original 250-year-old historic road bridge as a result of the storms.

The destruction meant that the village - which is a major visitor destination for the Lake District - was cut in half, preventing access for the majority of residents to the main A592 road.

While there, he will also meet with businesses who were affected by the unprecedented rainfall.

Charles will go on to meet young Cumbrian farmers at Troutbeck in Penrith who are benefiting from the Land Rover Bursary Scheme and watch as they take part in an off-road driving skills course.

The farmers involved are all members of The Farmer Network which is supported by The Prince's Countryside Fund helping to provide help and support to hill farming communities.

The Prince will then watch a horse logging demonstration before travelling to Keswick to view an outdoor exhibition of locally decorated model sheep that are part of the Go Herdwick Calvert Trust Public Art Trail 2016.

There he will meet representatives from Cumbria Tourism and Visit England at Theatre by the Lake.

In 2014, Cumbria and the Lake District received over 41.5 million visitors which brought in £2.44 billion to the region's economy and provided full-time employment for 33,920 people.

Finally, as Patron of The Wordsworth Trust he will visit Grasmere Gingerbread Shop and the grave of William Wordsworth in Grasmere, Ambleside.

Wordsworth, who is buried at St Oswald's Church, planted eight of the yew trees in the churchyard which is said to be one of the most visited literary shrines in the world.


From Belfast Telegraph