Prince goes on a meet and eat!

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Hundreds of people gathered along the railings of South Marine Drive overlooking Bridlington Harbour to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles.

The Prince of Wales spoke to members of the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG), viewed the Three Brothers Cobble and even sampled a selection of Bridlington’s shellfish - lobster and crab cakes with samphire, lime and spring onions.

George Traves MBE, chairman of Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, helped to guide the Duke of Cornwall around the harbour with Councillor Arthur Hodgson, chairman of Holderness FLAG. He said: “It is a very special day in my eyes. Prince Charles was very interested in the commissioners, he was very enthusiastic about that.

“We have got the biggest shellfish port in England and we cater for everything. We feel it is lovely to get some recognition.”

Pete Sanderson, a Bridlington fisherman and representative of FLAG, said: “We showed him what we do and spoke to him about protecting the environment. Conservation is everything in this industry. Bridlington is a fishing town first and a tourist town second.

“I took the lobster out of the tank to show him and demonstrated how the crab pot works. It means a lot that he has shown interest in our industry and we hope to broaden his horizons and show him exactly how much we want to keep it protected so can keep it going.”

In particular Mr Sanderson and other FLAG members were keen to speak to Charles about the effect of off-shore wind farms on the lobster industry.

Prince Charles took time to greet many of the well-wishers gathered to see him.

Margaret Reid, aged 67, of Sands Lane, Bridlington, spoke to him: “It is amazing to be able to come here and meet Prince Charles. He just said he was very pleased to meet me. He is fantastic and he is so interested in the Three Brothers coble, it is just amazing that he finds everything so interesting.”

A group 13 youngsters from Nursery Rhymes Day Nursery, in Cardigan Road, Bridlington, braved the drizzle to see Prince Charles.

Kim Clark, 23, deputy manager at Nursery Rhymes, said: “I think this is the first royal visit most of our children have experienced. We are making memories for them and supporting our country as well.”

After the harbour visit, Charles made his way along to Bridlington Spa and was met half-way by his wife Camilla.