Prince calls in for last orders

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After a day of engagements in Yorkshire, HRH The Prince of Wales popped into the local on his way home for a beer.

The final engagement took him to The George and Dragon Inn, Hudswell, near Richmond, as his role as patron of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, and The Prince’s Pub is The Hub Foundation.

Having closed in 2008 due to bankruptcy, the community raised the money to by the pub in 2010 and it was re-opened by the MP and then Foreign Secretary, William Hague in June 2010. Pub is The Hub supported them to set up ‘The Little Shop’ inside the pub a few months afterwards in December 2010. It is now run by lessees called Stuart and Melissa Miller.

HRH The Prince of Wales was shown around the pub by Pub is The Hub’s Chief Executive, John Longden and met the management committee of the Hudswell Community Group – Paul Cullen, Martin Booth and Ron Lightfoot – as well as the Claire Saunders, Director of The Prince’s Countryside fund, Charlotte Foster from the Plunkett Foundation and representatives from the community groups that use the pub.

Stuart and Melissa Miller said they were thrilled to have such a high-profile customer, even allowing the Prince behind the bar to pull a half pint of a Yorkshire Brewing Company pale ale.