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Prince wonders how Wick floral volunteers cope with midges


By Alan Hendry

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Volunteers from Wick Flower Baskets have again been brightening up the town centre with colourful displays. Picture: Eswyl Fell
Volunteers from Wick Flower Baskets have again been brightening up the town centre with colourful displays. Picture: Eswyl Fell

Prince Charles has praised the floral displays that brighten up Wick – while wondering how the volunteers who carry out the work manage to cope with the midges.

He made the remarks during last Friday's royal visit to the town to meet representatives of a range of community groups.

Joanna Coghill and Donald Harper from Wick Flower Baskets – a subgroup of the Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council – were introduced to the Duke of Rothesay, as he is known when in Scotland, at the Carnegie library building.

The prince commented that the flowers certainly brighten up the town. He was impressed to learn that the work was undertaken by a small band of volunteers – then enquired about the midges.

Eswyl Fell gave an update on behalf of the flower baskets group at the monthly meeting of the community council on Monday night.

She said: "We have enlisted four new members this year, and everyone has worked hard to produce a beautiful display of flowers throughout the town which has been admired by locals and visitors.

The Duke of Rothesay chatting to Joanna Coghill and Donald Harper of Wick Flower Baskets. Picture: DGS
The Duke of Rothesay chatting to Joanna Coghill and Donald Harper of Wick Flower Baskets. Picture: DGS

"Two of the new volunteers have helped with the watering, and can be seen most nights with their brightly painted truck fulfilling their duties.

"A successful flower-based quiz raised £323 towards funds, and a quiz night is proposed for later in the year.

"The group is keen to have more local involvement, and donations, to cope with increasing costs. We are also pleased to report that there has been very little vandalism, which is heartening."

Anyone interested in joining Wick Flower Baskets can email Eswyl at eswylfell@googlemail.com and she will advise on forthcoming meetings.

The money from the sale of quiz sheets will be used to purchase flowers. Zena Sinclair was the lucky-number winner.

The Duke of Rothesay was told about the benefits of oxygen therapy for long Covid and a range of other health conditions on a visit to the Healing Hub at Wick's Braehead on Friday afternoon. He went on to meet volunteers from Caithness Foodbank at their base in the former library, along with representatives of 17 other community groups.


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