Charlie meets Prince Edward

Much excitement in these parts yesterday when Prince Edward came to town to officially open the new, improved Priory Park. During his walkabout he even had a short chat with Charlie, which went something along the lines of this:

Prince Edward (watching some bikers and skateboarders in the skate park): “Do you ride your bike like that?”

Charlie: “Well, I ride my bike but I definitely don’t ride it that dangerously!”

Prince Edward laughs.

We can’t quite spot Charlie anywhere in the video, but he’s there somewhere. As for the new park, it’s fantastic. A great new playground, lovely flowerbeds and walkways, but the highlight is the new cafe designed by the renowned French architect Dominique Perrault. So the man who designed the amazing Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, among other grand projects, also did our local cafe. And Jonathan Glancey, The Guardian’s architecture critic and old friend from our Independent days, approves.

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