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Pub welcome for visiting prince
Prince Charles playing darts
Prince Charles accepted a challenge to play darts
The Prince of Wales has been treated to a pint of Great Cockup during a visit to Cumbria.

He also accepted a challenge to a game of darts from locals at the Old Crown pub in Hesket Newmarket - but lost.

He was visiting the county on Monday to highlight thriving local communities and called in at Britain's first co-operatively run pub.

He also toured the pub's microbrewery, visited a local supermarket an affordable housing project.

The Old Crown was saved after 150 locals each paid 1,500 to buy a share and keep it running as a going concern for the village.

Rural housing

The Prince was reported to have enjoyed his pint of Great Cockup, described as a dark chocolaty porter ale.

Prince Charles in Cumbria
He also sampled a pint of Great Cockup

Landlord Malcolm Hawks worth said: "He found it in the brewery and liked it and asked for it in the pub."

The Prince was then challenged to a game of darts, losing to Sally Richardson.

Later, at the local village hall, he took part in a discussion on the local rural housing situation, local services, foods and agriculture.

The Prince was to have been accompanied by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary David Miliband, but the minister opted to stay in London in the wake of the bird flu outbreak.

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