The Prince leaves the Calder Valley - see a picture gallery

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

Prince Charles left Hebden Bridge a little later than expected today after talking to residents and offering help to businesses in the wake of the recent flooding.

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 met the local “Food Angels” who cooked and distributed meals to dozens of homes at the height of the flood.

The Prince talked to staff from the town’s community owned Picture House and visited the Yorkshire Soap Co and Age UK, where he met the Mayor of Hebden Royd Christine Davenport.

The Prince heard how the River Hebden broke its banks and washed across Bridge Gate flooding dozens of 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 also attended a meeting of business leaders in the town hall.

Click on the multimedia link on the right to see a picture gallery of the Prince’s visit.