HRH The Prince of Wales visited Louth Livestock Market on Monday (March 19) to launch the Farm Resilience Programme in Lincolnshire.
Prince Charles, a patron of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, said he was ‘thrilled’ to attend the site just months after the local council voted unanimously to refurbish the market after it was threatened by closure.
He announced Louth as a new location for the programme, starting in September with support for up to 20 local family livestock and dairy farms.
The £1.5 million programme was launched in 2016 and is set to reach up to 1,500 families nationwide as it enters into its third year.
Good morning everyone before it becomes old news here’s another video of HRH Prince Charles at Louth Livestock Market yesterday, this time chatting with people as he made his way into the selling ring to address the gathering. Honoured to have been invited, community boost👍👑😁 pic.twitter.com/4xkTfMzhUQ— Charlie Sutcliffe (@ChasSutcliffe)
Good morning everyone before it becomes old news here's another video of HRH Prince Charles at Louth Livestock Market yesterday, this time chatting with people as he made his way into the selling ring to address the gathering. Honoured to have been invited, community boost\uD83D\uDC4D\uD83D\uDC51\uD83D\uDE01 pic.twitter.com/4xkTfMzhUQ— Charlie Sutcliffe (@ChasSutcliffe) March 20, 2018
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity of coming to Louth and visiting the market here, and I am thrilled that it was possible to save this particular vital part of the rural community’s business world,” The Prince said.
“The fact that my Countryside Fund was able to assist a little bit in this campaign has given me enormous pleasure.
“Apart from anything else it shows how important these sorts of livestock markets are in helping to maintain the rural community and the farming community and the whole life of an important part of the world like this.
“So, I do hope that the livestock market now has a durable and sustainable future, and I have much enjoyed having the chance of meeting some of you, hearing something about the fact that Lincolnshire Reds are beginning to make a real revival not just here but in other parts of the country.”
Updated plans for the market after objections to the closure went through suggested the site be given a new roof alongside renovations to better utilise the site, including reinvesting in the café and using it as a rural hub.
It followed an option to remove the legal obligation to provide a livestock market in the region for a cost of £200,000.
Prince Charles said he recognised the challenges facing the farming community but hoped the ‘marvellous people’ – and his Countryside Fund – would help enable more farmers to cope in the future.
He said: “I am enormously grateful to all those who combined to help save this livestock market, and I wish you all every possible success in the future.”
Simon Williams, a partner with Louth Market Auctioneers, added: “2017 was a tumultuous year for the market but we now look forward to a secure future. We thank The Prince of Wales and The Prince’s Countryside Fund from the bottom of our hearts, and we think it is great that His Royal Highness could be here today to launch the Farm Resilience Programme.
“That he is prepared to travel to see us and meet those involved is a tremendous boost and one that will live long in the memory.”
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