Royal visit boosts spirits


royal visitA visit by Prince William to flood affected residents in Murrabit and Kerang has given the community a much needed boost

A visit by Prince William to the Gannawarra Shire in mid March has helped to lift the spirits for flood affected residents.
Large crowds turned out to catch a glimpse of the beloved royal and shake his hand when he visited Kerang and attended a community barbecue in Murrabit.
Things have been pretty tough for residents of Gannawarra, some of who have been battling flood waters for the last two months. The visit gave them an opportunity to feel important and think about something else, even if it was only for one day.
Brad and Leonie Wren bought their own dairy farm 12 months ago and their first year has really been nothing short of eventful, flooded out and a surprise visit by Prince William .
"It has been good to take the distraction away from things on the farm," Brad said.
The family took Prince William on a tour of their dairy and showed him the pump site that has been pumping water off their farm 24 hours a day, for the last two weeks. They also had an opportunity to sit down and have a chat with the prince.
"He is a really friendly and a very easy going guy. He asked us lots of questions and he was really good with the kids. He is also very tall," Leonie said.
Cecelia Palmer and her four kids Annie, Lucy, Jude and Gus were another family who got to meet the prince at Murrabit.
Cecelia is a huge fan of the royals and she said meeting Prince William really helped lift her spirits.
"I was just gobsmacked, I took the kids out of school for the day and they were so excited."
The Palmer's gave Prince William a photo of their family with some messages written by the kids on the back and a small gift for Kate.
Gannawarra Shire Mayor Cr Max Fehring said the shire was representing all flood affected areas of Victoria.
"The support the Prince has shown in coming to Victoria has been wonderful at this time and is deeply appreciated," Cr Fehring said.


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