Princess vis­its moun­tain res­cue team’s new base

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS INVERNESS - BY JAMIE MCKEN­ZIE

The Princess Royal vis­ited a moun­tain res­cue team’s new base and a lo­cal food man­u­fac­turer dur­ing her tour of Ross-shire yes­ter­day.

Princess Anne spoke to mem­bers of Dun­don­nell Moun­tain Res­cue Team at their newly opened base in Ding­wall, ac­com­pa­nied by the Lord Lieu­tenant Janet Bowen.

She demon­strated a strong ge­o­graph­i­cal knowl­edge of the High­lands while be­ing pre­sented maps show­ing the ex­tent of the area cov­ered by the team, and heard about some of their chal­leng­ing re­cent res­cues.

Her first visit was to the High­land Cook­house at Ding­wall Busi­ness Park, where she was es­corted round the premises to see dishes be­ing pre­pared, packed and frozen, and met some of the lo­cal sup­pli­ers.

In the af­ter­noon, princess Anne vis­ited the Muir of Ord Com­mu­nity Hub and met project vol­un­teers, fun­ders and user-groups rang­ing from the Cal­man Trust to lo­cal craft, her­itage and gar­den­ing groups.

The princess then vis­ited Ur­ray House care home where she met a num­ber of res­i­dents, in­clud­ing the home’s el­dest, 101-year-old Flora Brill.

The fi­nal visit of the day was to R&I Cru­den Ltd lo­cal re­new­able heat­ing in­stall­ers based in Muir of Ord In­dus­trial Es­tate.

Ross and Cro­marty civic leader and lo­cal coun­cil­lor, Mar­garet Pater­son, who met the princess in Muir of Ord, said: “I’d like to thank HRH and every­one in­volved in or­gan­is­ing what has been a won­der­ful day.

“As well as giv­ing the High­land Cook­house in Ding­wall and R&I Cru­den Ltd in Muir of Ord the chance to show­case their de­vel­op­ing busi­nesses, the day was about cel­e­brat­ing achieve­ment. The moun­tain res­cue team play such an im­por­tant role and I’m glad this was recog­nised to­day and I know HRH en­joyed her tour of their new base.

“At the Hub in Muir of Ord it was lovely to see so many com­mu­nity groups and the team be­hind the rede­vel­op­ment get to­gether. The at­mos­phere was fan­tas­tic.”

“Heard about some of their chal­leng­ing re­cent res­cues”

Princess Anne: visit

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