PRINCE Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, paid a visit to Kilkeel last week and were met will with a hearty welcome.
The royal couple visited the harbour and were met by representatives of the fishing industry and fishermen, local RNLI members, community representatives and members of the clergy. The delighted crowds lined the roads and cheered them on.
They were accompanied by Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP and greeted by the Lord Lieutenant for County Down, David Lindsay, and also South Down MP Margaret Ritchie, Alan McCulla OBE, Anglo-North Fish Producers Organisation Chief Executive, and Mrs Margaret More, a Director.
This was to date the most important royal visit to a South Down town and the royal couple chatted to many people across the community about the town and its rich history. Prince Charles boarded the trawler Boy’s Pride and met the family of 86-year old Howard Smyth who have been fishing in the port for five generations. Later on, they met with MLA’s and local district councillors. The Duchess of Cornwall also tried her hand at cooking at the the Mourne Seafood Cookery School.
The Prince unveiled a plaque before he left the many smiling faces behind. It was a very important day in Kilkeel’s history and will be stamped on the minds of many for years to come.