Royals down on the farm …

Date: Wednesday 12th June 2019

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent Tuesday afternoon in Patterdale in a visit celebrating the resilience and spirit of rural and farming communities in the region.

Following a visit to Keswick on Tuesday morning Prince William and Kate Middleton arrived at Deepdale Hall Farm during the afternoon where they met with father and son partnership Chris and Jimmy Brown.

The Royal visitors enjoyed an informal chat around the farmhouse kitchen table with Adam Day, managing director of the Penrith based Farmers Network, and a small group of farmers who are early on in their careers.

William and Kate were also given the chance to join in shearing one of the farm's Herwick sheep flock, which both clearly enjoyed and with shearing contractor Jack Cartmel adding that both had done "a good job".

On leaving Deepdale Hall the couple travelled a short distance through the village to Side Farm where they met with owners Robin and Andrea Tailforth. They were then taken on a guided walk covering a small section of the Ullswater Way, along the bottom of Place Fell, by Cumbria Wildlife Trust conservation manager David Harpley and volunteers Beth and Steve Pipe.

Get Saturday’s Herald for the full story and photos by Fred Wilson.