Royal visit for Fylde college - video and audio

STUDENTS were enchanted yesterday by a charming prince.

HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, visited Myerscough College and left very impressed by the welcome he received.

The prince went down a storm, chatting merrily to staff and students on a tour around the college's agricultural education facilities including the farriery, the crane academy and the motorsports workshop.

Principal of the college, Ann Turner, was delighted with the day and was very impressed by the prince.

"It's been a wonderful opportunity to share just a little bit of what we believe in at Myerscough College with His Royal Highness this afternoon," she said.

"I think he was pleased with what he saw. He had a good opportunity to talk to both students and staff from across the academic range here at the college.

"He was very friendly and a joy to have here."

Susan Wright, a 21-year-old motorsports engineering student from Stopford Avenue, Bispham, was also a little starstruck.

"I didn't know what to expect and I didn't really know what he looked like but he seemed really nice and polite," she said.

"He asked us all what our interests were and talked to us about what we were doing and how long we were preparing it. He was really nice."

The prince, who is seventh in line to the throne, arrived bang on time and greeted a group of local dignitaries before heading to meet arboriculture (tree surgery) students in the college's climbing wall room.

He then met students shoeing horses in the farriery workshop before heading to see the college's canine hydrotherapy unit and the motorsports workshop.

Finally, he drank tea and chatted with students and staff before unveiling a ceremonial plaque and signing the college's visitor book.

Ann Jones, chairman of Myerscough Corporation, made an official speech thanking His Royal Highness for his visit.

She said: "Hopefully we have managed to give him a flavour of what Myerscough is all about and see the values and ethos which we hold here, especially our commitment to education in the land-based sector and our firm belief that we provide opportunities for all."

Mayor of Wyre, Coun Peter Hawley added: "He was very chatty and he's quite a relaxing character.

"He makes you feel very comfortable.

"It's been a very pleasant and very interesting day."

To watch the royal visit

video click here

To hear college principal Ann Turner and Mayor of Wyre Coun Peter Hawley give their views on the royal visit click here