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Last Updated: Monday, 12 July, 2004, 16:43 GMT 17:43 UK
Prince visits flood village
The Prince meets tourist Gladys Elles
Visitor Gladys Elles said she was 'proud to have met 'Prince Charles
Prince Charles stopped for tea and Welsh cakes when he visited the Conwy village of Trefriw which were flooded in February.

The prince, starting his annual summer trip to Wales, chatted to people who experienced the devastation first hand.

He also taled to some of the emergency teams who ferry people and animals in canoes around the stricken community.

He stopped at the village school where pupils greeted him with a folk song and was escorted by an elderly tourist.

Prince Charles visited the home of retired farmers and caravan park owners Ieuan and Alwena Jones.

They showed his some of the damage caused by February's two foot high floods and chattted with the royal visitor over tea and traditional Welsh cakes.

"He was a very relaxed gentleman to talk to and he showed a lot of concern for what we had been through".

Elderly tourist Gladys Elles, 85, from Bristol, clutched the prince's hand as they walked together to Trefriw school.

"I'm so proud to have met him," said Mrs Elles, who is holidaying in nearby Llandudno.

Inside the school met emergency workers who helped the residents, including RSPCA officer Phil Lewis, who was one of those who helped paddle canoes around the village to move animals to higher ground during the flooding.

"Charles seemed very appreciative of the work we had done," said Mr Lewis.

A couple who have only been able to return to their homes two weeks ago - five months after it was flooded - also met the prince.

Khyle and Tanya O'Shea have been living in a hotel with sons Joseph, five and Rocklyn, who is two.

"It was good of him to come here, as it seems like a bit of recognition that we have had a tough time of it," said Mr O'Shea.

Outside the prince browsed a Woman's Institute market and insided on buying a Welsh bara brith (fruit cake) before he left.

But his private secretary did not have all of the 1.70 needed to pay for the cake and a close protection officer came up with the rest of the cash,

Prince Charles' final stop of the Trefriw visit was at the community hall wehre he unveiled a plaque.

Then it was onto the nearby town of Llanrwst and more tea and Welsh cakes.


SEE ALSO:
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