The Duke of York visited Yorkshire on 7th January, 2016 to witness the impact of the recent flooding, and visit those affected.
His Royal Highness started the day in Leeds, where The Duke visited A. Taylor and Son and saw the effect of the floods on their factory. Later, His Royal Highness visited Leeds Civic Hall and met with key stakeholders to discuss recent events.
Later, The Duke of York visited Tadcaster to view the remnants of an 18th century bridge, partially collapsed into the River Wharfe. His Royal Highness said “I am saddened to see such a wonderful old bridge in a damaged state, but what encourages me is that there is a plan – first of all for a footbridge, then to support the structure and then to get on and recover the stonework that’s underneath and get back to building it.” The Duke then visited local homes and businesses affected by the floods before meeting a number of residents, volunteers and emergency services at Lemon Tree Bistro and Tearooms.
His Royal Highness then visited York, where The Duke met emergency service crews and volunteers from across the county, including The Yorkshire Regiment, North Yorkshire Police, The Yorkshire Ambulance Service, and the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team.
His Royal Highness ended the day in Todmorden. The Duke visited a factory, local homes, a florist, and a community-run theatre affected by the Yorkshire floods before meeting volunteers and residents at Todmorden Town Hall.