Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPERATION STACK -

AS he re­laxed in the din­ing room of the an­cient farm­house where Richard Wanstall has lived all his life, the Prince en­joyed homemade snacks of egg sand­wiches and Dundee cake, at a key meet­ing to dis­cuss de­vel­op­ment of buy­ing Bri­tish. Among those present for the private talks were Tim Read, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Pro­duced in Kent, Stu­art Thom­son from the English Farm­ing and Food Part­ner­ship, Frank McCarvill from East Kent Hospi­tal Trust, Michelle Cle­mants, East Sus­sex NHS Trust, Mike Duck­ett from the Royal Bromp­ton Hospi­tal, and Mag­gie Keenan from Ham­street school. Bank Farm sup­plies the Royal Bromp­ton and is seek­ing to ex­pand fur­ther into the NHS mar­ket that could pro­vide a ma­jor boost to the rural econ­omy. Mr Wanstall was de­lighted with the re­sponse and sup­port of his Royal guest. He said: “The Prince is aware and backs what we are at­tempt­ing to achieve by pulling peo­ple to­gether and pro­mot­ing Bri­tish and Ken­tish pro­duce. “The health ser­vice mar­ket is huge and in the south-east alone spends £200 mil­lion on food which our farm­ers and grow­ers could sup­ply with top qual­ity pro­duce.”

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