During a visit to the flood-hit town of Blackpool in rural England on Friday, Prince Harry showed off his skills with kids. The young royal was all smiles interacting with a group of primary school children during the visit to the flood-affected town.
Rebecca Parker, a mother of two of the children, joked that she brought two toddlers specifically for him. He responded in a light-hearted manner to Parker’s joke.
“You brought them for me? Which one can I have?”
People shares why Prince Harry stopped by the town.
“He was there to see the devastating impact that the flooding has had upon the surrounding community, and learn more about the efforts that have been made to help them.”
As the publication relays, 93 homes and 21 businesses were affected by the intense rainfall which “led to drainage systems becoming overwhelmed and caused the banks of the River Brock to break.”
Harry was chatty and charming, as usual, while interacting with the school children, along with soldiers who had assisted in the efforts to restore normalcy after the flooding, as well as in speaking with families affected directly by the disaster. People details the specifics as to who Harry met with.
“After meeting village dignitaries inside the flood-wrecked hall, Harry strolled down the street and looked inside two family homes, which were flooded when the River Brock broke its banks on December 6. There, he met Alan Bailey, 64, and wife Carolyn, 61, who are now in temporary accommodations.”
Harry was a welcome visitor to the couple who were very appreciative of the Prince’s time and were also very impressed by his demeanor. They were grateful for his concern about their well being.
Alan Bailey spoke about the experience meeting the Prince.
“We didn’t know what to expect from him, but he was very easy to talk to, such a nice person. He took time and I thanked him for that.”
Alan’s wife Carolyn also added that “[h]e’s bringing people’s attention back. He was very concerned.”
Following his meeting with those affected, Prince Harry made his way to the local pub for lunch called The Grapes. The frequented spot by many townsfolk also became the control center for emergency services when disaster struck due to the flood.
As the publication notes, it was not only Blackpool that was affected by flooding, but a number of other towns were also hit in the region.
“The village is in the county of Lancashire, which was badly hit by the flooding in December. More than 1,700 businesses and homes were damaged across its 12 districts and in the borough of Wyre.”
Harry had made his way up to the area of Lancashire by train and began his day with a visit to Weeton Barracks where he met some of the soldiers who played a role in assisting in the events leading to the flooding and in the clean up.
The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment had been an integral part in ensuring that flood operations were followed and offering the necessary support to flood victims since early December. Every member of the 2nd Battalion was deployed across the territory at some point over the four-week time frame that the flooding was affecting the area. While visiting the soldiers, as E! Online shares, Harry joked with the men, saying, “If it’s not raining, it’s not training, as they say.”
Beyond the walls of the barracks, Harry met with the pupils from Weeton Primary School near Weeton Barracks in Lancashire. The children were sure to pose inquisitive questions to the young royal and did not hold back in showing their enthusiasm at the arrival of Prince Harry.
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