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A gift for Charles' grandson

A Blog post by Mike Wilson - Visit my Blog Page

Created: Wed, Jul 24th, 2013 - viewed 4093 times

The coble Three Brothers was moved from her normal mooring alongside the boat hoist to this corner of the harbour so that Prince Charles could visit her on Tuesdady, 23rd April, 2013.

I hope those in the crowd knew about Three Brothers.

I love this! A couple of seagulls make sure the area is clean for the arrival of The Prince of Wales.

As Chairman of the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society I was introduced to the Prince by George Traves (Chairman of the Harbour Commissioners) before presenting John Clarkson (left) and Joe Gelsthorpe (second left) as the men who carried out the renovation work on the coble.

As Society chairman I presented The Prince with a simple replica of the coble (on top of the blue post in the second picture) for his first grandson, Prince George, born the previous day. The replica was made by Society member Mike Salisbury from discarded wood during the renovation of the coble.

Well, who would have imagined when I was a nipper in Brid, that I'd one day talk to the future King of England! I hope he enjoyed his visit to Bridlington. You may not know this, but his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, carried out her first official engagement when she visited Bridlington as Princess Elizabeth in 1944 with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Anyone around who can remember that? I was eight at the time.

The Prince greets the crowd after viewing the coble.