Yalding: Prince Charles and Camilla Visit

The Prince of Wales has today met business owners in Yalding who were flooded when a river burst its banks on Christmas Eve.

Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the village to hear first-hand the impact on those who have had to leave their homes and those whose businesses are still undergoing refurbishment.

The couple met the owners of Orchard View Classic Garage who specialise in restoring classic cars, some of which were flooded and are now undergoing a specialist drying process.

They also spoke to a beekeeper whose 16 hives were swept away, and the owners of Teapot Island whose museum houses over 6,000 teapots.

In response to the extreme flooding in Yalding, Community Resilience UK - a partner of the Business Emergency Recovery Group, sent a regional advisor to the area to assess the impact of the floods.

Charles and Camilla met the community interest company to find out how it helps communities and small businesses prepare for and recover from major emergencies by working with voluntary and public sector organisations.

They also spoke to Joseph Wilson who, along with his Dad, rescued 19 people by canoe. The 17 year old persuaded Prince Charles to pose for a 'selfie.!'

The 'selfie'