The Duke of York spent the day in the county of his Dukedom, Yorkshire, to see the effects of the recent flooding.
Prince Andrew began in Leeds, where he paid Taylors Engineering Factory a visit. The company has been affected by the rising water levels, and are unable to open.
Continuing in the local area, the Duke said to volunteers and rescue workers, who have helped make the area safe and habitable again: “The work you have done is incredibly valuable – I am really encouraged to see Yorkshire communities pulling together.”
The next stop for Andrew was Tadcaster, whose bridge recently fell into the water due to the fast flowing river which was at a higher than normal level. The Prince popped into Lemon Tree Bistro and Tearooms – but not for refreshment. Locals gathered in the venue to tell Andrew their personal experiences of what has been going on in the area.
Boxing Day floods caused the town’s only connection across the River Wharfe to become dangerously unstable, before half the bridge peeled away with the flow of water.
Prince Andrew visited the area, and spoke to a county council engineer about the reconstruction of the 18th century bridge. Asked for his reaction to the destruction he said: “Saddened to see such a wonderful old bridge in a damaged state.”