Cumbria

Prince Charles champions Cumbria's rural economy

The Prince of Wales has been in Cumbria meeting people who make a living from some of the most remote parts of the county.

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Image caption The prince viewed pictures of Herdwick sheep on display at the Rheged Centre in Penrith

He met shepherds and hill farmers and those who are trying to help find sustainable ways of living high in the fells.

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Image caption Prince Charles was greeted by large crowds at Rheged

Among them were members of the Herdwick Project - an initiative designed to raise the profile of Herdwick Meat and to encourage wider trade links.

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Image caption The prince met people preparing food from local produce at the Rheged Centre

Later he spent more than an hour talking to local employers at the Westmorland County showground and praised the work of the organisers.

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Image caption Prince Charles spoke with photographer Ian Lawson, right, as he viewed his pictures of the Herdwick sheep on display at the Rheged Centre in Penrith

He ended the day with a visit to furniture maker Peter Hall and Son in Staveley near Kendal.

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Image caption Prince Charles met some young Cumbrian Farmers at the Rheged Centre

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