Find out what links Oswestry to Prince Charles’ tour of Wales
A CHANCE to drive a fork-lift truck?
That might just be why Prince Charles went to Iceland on Monday (July 5).
His Royal Highness kicked off a week-long tour of Wales with a visit to the frozen food company’s headquarters in Flintshire where he spoke with Sir Malcolm Walker, who founded the firm in Oswestry.
The visit coincides with the company’s 50th anniversary.
As well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the base in Deeside which he opened 34 years ago, Prince Charles learned about Iceland’s sustainability projects, community initiatives and reaction to the pandemic and panic-buying.
Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland Foods, said: “It was a pleasure to host His Royal Highness at Deeside, 34 years after his first visit to our head office.
“Today’s visit came during a crucial year for our business, marking 50 years of serving the UK’s communities on high streets across the country.
“Our people have been core to our success and the visit celebrated their ongoing dedication and commitment especially during the pandemic, which has proven to be one of the most challenging periods in our history.”
Sir Malcolm launched Iceland in Beatrice Street on November 18, 1970 and the company still survives in the town today with a branch on Oswald Road.
His wife came up with name of the store after the they hit on the idea of selling frozen food loose, which meant shoppers could buy as little or as much as needed.
Speaking to the Advertizer in 2019, he said: “I have great memories of the early days.
“It was so exciting.”
Prince Charles’ tour, which marks Wales Week, will include visits to Wrexham on Monday afternoon, and mid Wales on Tuesday.
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