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Royal visit marks weekly’s 125th anniversary

The Prince of Wales has paid a visit to a regional publisher as one of its weekly newspapers prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

During a tour of the Abergavenny offices of Tindle Newspapers, Prince Charles met with the editors of six key local newspapers in Wales and talked with the entire staff of the Brecon & Radnor Express as part of its upcoming milestone birthday celebrations.

The group, which supports The Prince’s Countryside and has given £100,000 to the fund to help support people who care rural areas, presented the prince with a special Countryside Fund newspaper edition.

He also heard from staff about their work in supporting rural communities and unveiled two plaques recognising the event.

Victoria Elms manager of the Prince’s Countryside Fund said, “Tindle’s newspapers are a great source of local knowledge and a vital information source in rural areas.

“We’re delighted to receive such a generous donation, which will go towards projects that are working to protect, improve and sustain rural life.”

Prince Charles was also introduced to Sir Ray Tindle who started the newspaper group with £300 of demobilisation money at the close of the Second World War.

The newspaper group has also committed to raising awareness about The Prince’s Countryside Fund and will carry the PCF logo on its mastheads during 2014.