Visit of the Prince of Wales to Ross-on-Wye

The Mayor of Ross, Councillor Jane Roberts, and her Deputy, Councillor Daniel Lister, invited the Prince of Wales to mark the start of a year to mark the 250th anniversary of the Revd William Gilpin’s promotion of two-day package tours down the Wye to Chepstow. The official reception party included the Lord Lieutenant, the Chairman and the Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council. The Wye Valley AONB https://www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk/ are supporting the year’s activities and the AONB Manager, Andrew Blake, asked the Prince was to light a torch which was used to light a beacon in the Prospect Gardens next to St Mary’s Church.

There were many stalls set up by local charities, which the Prince visited to the sound of the local brass band and choir. He also saw food and drink stalls and an art exhibition in the Market Hall, from where he waved to the crowd as the Queen had in her visit in 1957. He met veterans and school children before departing after a busy and successful visit, with a happy and lively atmosphere.

James Hervey-Bathurst