Prince Charles and Camilla visit Croydon
PUBLISHED: 17:15 21 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:55 20 February 2013
Having visited Croydon shortly after the riots of August last year, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were greeted by crowd-lined streets as they returned for a tour of the town yesterday.
Photos: Croydon Council press office
Having visited Croydon shortly after the riots of August last year,Prince Charles and Camilla were greeted by crowd-lined streets as they returned for a tour of the town yesterday.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall began the day at Croydon Voluntary Action in London Road, West Croydon the area hardest hit by the disturbances.
The visit was during the first West Croydon Festival of Cultures week and singers and dancers from the upcoming carnival on Sunday September 23 provided a party atmosphere.
The royal couple went on to Surrey Street, where they chatted with stallholders and visited Matthews Yard a social enterprise venture founded by Saif Bonar, which includes a caf, co-working space and Croydon Radio.
Prince Charles accepted an invitation from staff at the Cronx micro-brewery in Croydon to pull a pint of their Standard Bitter - Cronx is an affectionate local nickname for Croydon.
They also met withQueen of Shops,Mary Portas, who is working with Croydon Old Town, after it was named one of 12 Portas Pilot towns in England, and 100,000 in government funding has been pledged to the area.
The royals ended the morning at Croydon College, where they interacted with students putting on displays about apprenticeship courses.