Crowds line streets for Keswick's royal visitors

Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019

MORE than 1,000 people lined the streets of Keswick to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who visited the town this afternoon.

Crowds covered both sides of Market Square as Prince William and Catherine spent just under an hour meeting local volunteers, dignitaries and the general public before heading on to an engagement at Patterdale.

Numerous people got a prime spot along the fence from as early as around 10am and were well rewarded as the royal couple spent time stopping to chat, shake hands and pose for pictures.

It is the first time the royal pair have visited the market town on an official visit and the occasion was aimed at celebrating the resilience and spirit of rural and farming communities in the region.

Keswick resident Sarah Cannon spoke to Prince William and was conducting the Cockermouth Mechanics Brass Band which played for the occasion.

Mrs Cannon's children, who attend Keswick School, presented the prince with a copy of the history of the band.

She said: “It has been fantastic, the town had such a lovely atmosphere about it and it was a real privilege to play for the royals.

“We gave him a book as a little memento so he remember who we are. I was a bit nervous to start with but I was fine and he is really calming and friendly on what was a lovely occasion.

“I said I hope he enjoyed the band and he said it was lovely and we had done an amazing job. I met Prince Charles when he visited Theatre by the Lake a few years ago so it’s just Harry left!”

The royals arrived at the Moot Hall a little after their scheduled time of 12-15pm and set off from the town at 13-20pm.

Upon arrival they were greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria Claire Hensman before speaking to five of Keswick Market’s stallholders and a host of volunteers including Keswick mountain rescuers.

Full story and pictures in Saturday's Herald.