Prince Charles arrives in Hebden Bridge

Prince Charles arrives in Hebden Bridge
Prince Charles arrives in Hebden Bridge

PRINCE Charles received a warm but very wet welcome when he arrived in Hebden Bridge a little later than expected this morning.

He was immediately told of the latest alert which has been issued for the River Calder because of the heavy rain expected throughout the day.

The Prince was taken to Central Street Infants School to meet some of the teachers, children and parents whose homes were among the 900 in the upper Calder Valley which were inundated with flood water a fortnight ago.

The school was also seriously damaged.

He was then due to inspect Market Street, which for the second time in recent years, was flooded to a depth of several feet when the drains became overloaded.

The Prince will also hear how the River Hebden broke its banks and washed across Bridge Gate flooding dozens more shops, pubs, cafes and other businesses.

The Prince’s charity, Business in the Community, has formed an emergency recovery group to provide support to businesses following natural disasters.

It can mobilise volunteers in a structured way from among BIC members.

The Prince was also due to attend a meeting of business leaders in the town.

His spokesperson said the Prince’s visit was arranged in the wake of the floods which struck two weeks ago as he had wanted to offer his support to small independent traders whose businesses had been devastated.