Family firm welcomes Prince of Wales to Pembrokeshire

Western Telegraph: PICTURES: Lisa Soar/Western Telegraph PICTURES: Lisa Soar/Western Telegraph

PEMBROKESHIRE enjoyed its second royal visit in recent months today, when His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited Melin Tregwynt to see how it is keeping tradition alive.

As patron of the Campaign for Wool, Prince Charles said he was thrilled to see “the essential value of wool” and its benefits to nature, the environment and the economy, being recognised.

Arriving in north Pembrokeshire, the Prince was greeted by Melin Tregwynt directors Eifion and Amanda Griffiths, Pembrokeshire County Council Chairman Cllr Tom Richards and his wife, Paul Davies AM, Rhian Lloyd, chairman of Pencaer Community Council, and representatives from Creative Skillset Wales.

As well as providing local jobs, and keeping traditional technique alive, the 17th century mill - which supplies to big names like John Lewis - is also one of several Welsh businesses working with Creative Skillset Wales to provide apprenticeships within the fashion and textile industry.

Prince Charles took time to speak to 20-year-old Sean Jenkins, from Castlemorris, who began his apprenticeship at the mill in October.

The Prince was also unveiled a plaque commemorating the restoration of the mill's historic water wheel, and was presented with a woven centenary throw, and a centenary teddy bear for the young Prince George.

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