Prince Charles visits Muchelney flood heroes on return to Somerset

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PRINCE Charles left Muchelney in high spirits after his visit this afternoon.

The Prince of Wales and his guests appeared to have a great time in the Muchelney Barn gardens.

The prince met residents, politicians, and members of authorities and businesses affected by the floods earlier this year.

The key message from the guests and businesses there was that "Somerset is open for business" and today proved how community spirit has helped rebuild their village.

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PRINCE Charles shares a joke with South Somerset District Council chairman, Cllr Mike Best. 

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THE Prince of Wales is introduced to the chairman of Somerset District Council, Mike Best, and is pictured shaking hands with Liz Best.

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PRINCE Charles arrives at Almonry Barn, much to everyone's anticipation.

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THIS is Almonry Barn, where Prince Charles will soon be arriving. 

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Villagers are out in the sunshine to see Prince Charles. 

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In February, the Prince witnessed first-hand the devastation of a winter of heavy rain as he was transported in and out of the village on an emergency boat service.

He spoke with many people who were stranded on the marooned 'island' and heard how they were coming to terms with life.

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PRINCE Charles is to return to the flood-hit village of Muchelney today (July 8), five months on from his last visit.

The Prince of Wales will meet residents and businesses to see how they are coming to terms with life following devastating flooding last winter which cut the village off for several months.

He is also expected to praise the many organisations and individuals which brought aid to stranded farmers and villagers throughout the crisis.

The Prince will attend a reception at the Almonry Barns alongside villagers and community heroes.

Cllr Mike Best, chairman of South Somerset District Council, said: “We are delighted and honoured that His Royal Highness has chosen to return so soon.

“We are proud that he will see the amazing recovery achieved by local people and by the environment.”

After his trip to Muchelney, the Prince will meet staff at Castle Cary train station who worked to keep people moving during the severe flooding.

His Royal Highness will be greeted by Mark Hopwood, managing director of First Great Western, and he will meet a number of staff who went beyond the call of duty during the devastation. 

Mr Hopwood said: "The closure of the railway line at Dawlish showed just how vital transport infrastructure is to both the local and national economy.

"During the two-month period of the floods we put on thousands of extra buses and drafted in volunteers from FirstGroup companies across the UK to keep people moving.

"Throughout it all, our customers were extremely patient and supportive. Now we must continue that hard work, allowing customers the opportunity to reconnect with the area."

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