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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Prince Charles to visit north Cumbria

Prince Charles will be in Wigton next month to mark a milestone in the town’s history.

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Prince Charles

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will join townsfolk on Tuesday, April 3 to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Wigton’s market charter.

Starting at 1.30pm, he will tour St Mary’s Church and Wigton Market Hall.

The Prince will also attend engagements at the George Memorial and the Wigton Youth Station and will make the first chisel mark on the new Market Cross.

In a statement, the town council said: “This is a great privilege and prestigious occasion to be welcomed by the whole of Cumbria as the only royal visit during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart, who once tutored princes William and Harry, said he was delighted that Prince Charles had accepted his invitation in the year of the anniversary celebrations.

“I am absolutely exhilarated by the fantastic news that His Royal Highness will be visiting Wigton this year.

“His work on urban regeneration has been ahead of its time, and he has long shown his commitment to Cumbria. It is absolutely wonderful that Wigton will receive this recognition, particularly when it has been working so hard to make so many improvements to the town.”

Wigton councillor Joe Cowell said: “We're delighted that the Prince of Wales will be coming to Wigton this year, and are enormously grateful to our MP Rory Stewart, who first invited the Prince and has made sure that he scheduled this visit in the year of our market charter anniversary.”

Mark Fryer, Allerdale Council’s executive member with responsibility for markets, added that he hoped the visit would showcase the potential of the market and raise the profile of Wigton as a thriving market town.

Wigton’s market charter dates back to 1262 when Baron Walter de Wigton was granted the right to hold a weekly market in Wigton, and an annual fair, by King Henry III.

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