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The Duke of Rothesay carries out engagements in Aberdeenshire

13th June 2017

The Duke of Rothesay carries out engagements in Aberdeenshire

The Duke of Rothesay unveils a plaque during a visit to Sail Loft Bunkhouse

The Duke of Rothesay, as The Prince of Wales is known when in Scotland, carried out engagements across Aberdeenshire today.

His Royal Highness began the day meeting young fishing boat skippers in Inverurie as part of a visit to see the work of the ‘Fishing into the Future’ training programme. This fisherman-led organisation is dedicated to making fisheries management more sustainable.

After arriving at the Thainstone House Hotel, The Duke listened to a ‘Fishing into the Future’ presentation, which was attended by 25 industry representatives and organisations.

The Duke of Rothesay then travelled to the town of Peterhead to meet young people who have just completed The Prince’s Trust Team Programme. The programme encourages young people aged between 16 and 25 to develop their confidence, motivation and skills through individual challenges and teamwork in the community.

It was then on to the Scottish Maritime Academy to meet staff and students who have just completed the Introduction to Seafishing course.

The Academy is the maritime centre of excellence of North East Scotland College, which serves the needs of the fishing, merchant navy and energy sectors.

During the visit, The Duke tried his hand at a ship simulator and toured a digital room where students learn about navigation.

Later, The Duke visited Gray & Adams in nearby Fraserburgh. This factory manufactures temperature-controlled bodywork for trucks and vans. Here His Royal Highness toured the factory, met staff and long-serving employees and unveiled a plaque to mark the company's 60th anniversary.

To end the day in Aberdeenshire, The Duke of Rothesay visited Portsoy to open the Sail Loft Bunkhouse guest accommodation and meet the restoration team who converted the 18th-century sailmakers' cottages.