Prince Harry’s return to WyrePublished Monday, 23 October 2017
Prince Harry arrived in Wyre today as part of a day of engagements across Lancashire.
His Royal Highness began the day with a visit to Veterans UK in Norcross, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Veterans UK Helpline Service. Established in 1992, the 24/7 national helpline provides welfare support for veterans and their families, working in partnership with Combat Stress and the Samaritans. Part of the Ministry of Defence, Veterans UK also administers the pension and compensation schemes for those injured or bereaved through service in the Armed Forces.
During the visit, Prince Harry enjoyed a tour of the facility and met staff and welfare officers, alongside veterans and families who benefit from the range of support services. Upon departure, His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque at the front of the building.
Prince Harry also returned to St Michael’s on Wyre where he visited in 2016 following the floods that affected the region in late 2015. Around 1700 businesses and homes were damaged across the Lancashire district in the lead up to New Year in 2016. His Royal Highness met members of the community and learned about the recovery that has been achieved by the local people. Prince Harry officially reopened the village hall at a reception attended by those who played a crucial role in response to the flooding crisis.
68 children from St Michaels on Wyre Primary School came along to meet the prince. Class teacher Mrs Steele said “The children are very excited to meet Prince Harry. It is really nice that he has come back for a second visit.”
During his visit, Prince Harry visited residents who had been affected by the floods. Julie Bostock who lives next to the village hall was delighted to speak to the prince after being unable to see him on his last visit. Whilst living in temporary accommodation after the floods Julie wrote to Prince Harry after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. She comments, “I wrote to Prince Harry after his last visit and my diagnosis to tell him how fantastic his work is, especially the work he does around mental health. I was so pleased to meet him today, he had read my letter and it was great to speak to him about it.”
Prince Harry met Mrs Bostock, who has now fully recovered, with her husband Ralph and son Jack and was shown photos of the damage which was done to the house.
Garry Payne Chief Executive of Wyre Council welcomed Prince Harry along with the Mayor of Wyre Cllr Alice Collinson and her consort Jonathon Collinson. Garry comments,
“We are delighted to have welcomed Prince Harry to Wyre once again and show him just how well the community have pulled together in St. Michaels and the progress that has been made since his last visit.”