Zan­der scores an A- list in­vi­ta­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

TEN-year-old Queens­land flood vic­tim Zan­der Locke says he has scored an in­vi­ta­tion to Prince Wil­liam’s wed­ding next month.

Zan­der, from the Ip­swich sub­urb of Bun­damba, was among 2000 in­vited guests and on­look­ers gath­ered to see the Prince in the south­east Queens­land city that was dev­as­tated by floods in Jan­uary.

The boy was so im­pressed that Prince Wil­liam shook his hand that Zan­der vowed never to wash it again, but he was even more elated to be in­vited to West­min­ster Abbey next month for the wed­ding o f Pri nce Will i a m a nd Kate Mid­dle­ton.

‘‘ He in­vited me to his wed­ding,’’ Zan­der said, with his par­ents con­firm­ing what the Prince had told him.

The Prince chat­ted with flood vic­tims and thanked res­cuers and clean-up vol­un­teers dur­ing his 30-minute stay at Ip­swich’s West Moreton Anglican Col­lege.

The Prince showed he was well aware of lo­cal is­sues, ask­ing peo­ple if they had in­surance cov­er­age and point­ing to Premier Anna Bligh’s flood ap­peal as a pos­si­ble source of help.

C h e r i e P a s c o e s a i d P r i n c e Wil­liam was amused by her story of evac­u­at­ing her house with a car full of uncaged chick­ens.

An­janette Pen­fold and her fam­ily have just moved back on to their land, al­beit into a car­a­van, af­ter it was flooded at Barel­lan Point.

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