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PICTURES: Prince Charles visits Inverurie on tour of Aberdeenshire

By Kyle Ritchie

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HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, had two engagements in Inverurie on Tuesday.

He visited the town's Farmers' Market during a trial event designed to gauge interest in a weekday market.

He also attended at the Garioch Heritage Centre where he presented Garioch Community Kitchen with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and unveiled a plaque to mark his visit.

The market has been run by local volunteer Ron Reid since 2003, who can always been found in his red boiler suit.

It is open to the public from 9am to 1pm every second Saturday of the month. Tuesday’s market was a trial to see what response there would be to also holding it during a day through the week.

During his visit Prince Charles met local dignitaries, pupils from St Andrew's School and representatives from Grampian Opportunities and Inverurie Men's Shed.

Archie Peebles from the Men's Shed said: "Our stand included a display of wooden items, made by our members in our workshop at Harlaw Way.

"There was also a selection of fruit and vegetables grown at our new community allotments on Old Port Road.

"The allotments are our latest project, located within a field beside the road and thanks to the generosity of Inverurie businessman, George Ross and his family, a terrific set of allotments has been created over the past year or so.

"All have been allocated to local people, who have now, through their hard work, created their own growing areas.

"Further to the allotments, we intend to create a co-operative farm allowing low income families to grow their own produce."

The Duke stopped by the stalls of Ingram's Aberdeenshire talking to Sandy Ingram; Dr Liz Campbell at Udny Provender and Wark Farm Pies run by Laurel Foreman and Sabrina March.

He also visited several shops including Wm Bruce footwear; Gibbs Menswear; Strachans; The Kilted Frog and Davidsons butcher.

Garioch Heritage Centre opened in October 2017 and houses the collections of the Garioch Heritage Society. The group has been researching the area’s history and gathering artefacts since 1987.

Housed in the former locomotive works, the centre tells the story of life in the Garioch from earliest settlement to the present day and sheds light on the domestic and working lives of local people.

During his visit Prince Charles presented Garioch Community Kitchen with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and unveiled a plaque to mark his visit.

He spoke with the youngest contributor to the Creative Aberdeenshire exhibition 16-year-old Martha Fowlie, who baked three cakes for the occasion.

His Royal Highness also visited Glen Garioch Distillery in Oldmeldrum, Amity Fishing Company in Peterhead and Rora Dairy at Middleton of Rora, earlier in the day.

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