Prince Charles gets ready for visit

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PRINCE Charles is due to visit three of Bury St Edmunds’ most renowned attractions next Friday.

His first visit will be to St Edmundsbury Cathedral, where the completion of two major projects undertaken in 2010 will be celebrated, the completion of the vaulted ceiling and the refurbishment of the organ.

The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Cathedral’s Millennium Project, will also have the opportunity to meet representatives of the craftsmen involved in the two projects.

The Dean of St Edmundsbury, the Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward, said: “It is a huge honour to have a royal presence for this special occasion.”

Then through a visit arranged in conjunction with The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts, His Royal Highness will move on to see the UK’s last surviving working Regency playhouse, the 191-year-old Theatre Royal, where he will inspect the £5.3 million restoration.

He will also watch a special rehearsal performance by Ballet Black and receive a presentation by young performers currently working with regional dance company Dance East.

Chairman of the Theatre Royal’s Board of trustees, Brian Stewart, said: “It is a huge honour for everyone at the Theatre Royal to be visited by a senior member of the Royal family and I look forward to welcoming His Royal Highness to our unique Georgian Theatre.”

To end his visit, Prince Charles will spend around an hour at Pakenham Water Mill where he will see flour being produced and be given the chance to meet the 40 dedicated volunteers who keep the mill running.

Martin Lightfoot, chairman of the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, which owns the mill, said: “I’m sure he’ll love to see it working. It’s a great thrill and honour to be able to show it to him.”