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Royal visit for Birmingham following disorder

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Birmingham last week (Friday 19 August 2011) to meet business owners, members of the community, emergency services and Council officers following recent disorder across Birmingham.

Birmingham Resilience Team assisted in organising the visit which took place at Summerfield Community Centre, Winson Green.  Included in those that met the Duke and Duchess were small business owners from across Birmingham, all of whom had suffered extensive losses and damage during the disorder.  Officers from the City Council who were involved in the clean up operation in the early hours of the morning were also thanked by the royal couple who also spoke with members of the community who arranged a group of local people to assist businesses with cleaning up.

Amongst those who attended was Pritesh Pattni, owner of a petrol station on Bristol Street who said, “Following the terrible incidents which left me and my family and staff very traumatised, the royal visit was a brilliant ray of  light.  Meeting the royal couple was a truly uplifting experience and I was really surprised at how they gave so much of their time to listen to all of our bad experiences and lifted the spirits of  the business community in Birmingham.”

Ray Wang, Manager of iConvenience from Southside said “We talked to Catherine for quite a while, she was really appalled at what we had gone through, but she was happy we had reopened and wished our business well”

Mr Farooq,  Proprietor of R and R Store said; “I will remember this day for the rest of my life, I’m really glad I was invited.  It really lifted our spirits and they encouraged us to do well in our business”.

More images from the day are available on our Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhamresilience/sets/72157627509487470/

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