Back in December 2015 Storm Frank hit the UK causing chaos millions of pounds of damage to over 60 local businesses 300 homes causing personal misery for thousands of people in the area.
The Ballater Flood Appeal, which is the brainchild of The Prince of Wales and local Ballater Butcher has raised over £160,000 since launching in January.
The Prince has opened a restaurant and gift shop in an Aberdeenshire village which was badly hit by floods with proceeds from the flood appeal. The venture through the appeal has been named ‘The Rothesay Rooms’ and ‘Highgrove’ shop will have a focus on sustainability and locally-sourced produce. It will be instrumental in training young people in the area interested in pursuing a career in hospitality and food and retail.
The idea took off after the Prince had a chat with a local butcher in the town after the floods in December. The butcher put it to the Prince and asked ‘why don’t you put a Highgrove Shop in Ballater?’.
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visited Ballater, Scotland, last night and previewed a new restaurant and Highgrove Shop. pic.twitter.com/I6McH2cIaj
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The Prince said “That is what really started this whole idea.”
“It was entirely due to my going into Sheridan’s butchers to see how they were getting on. There has been a lot of effort in the last six months or so since the disastrous floods that did so much damage to poor old Ballater.”
“I hope this particular restaurant and shop will help to give a little boost to Ballater, particularly in the off-season. I am hoping we may be able to use the kitchen facilities here as part of a skills training for young people, the same sort of thing we do at Dumfries House. I do hope and pray it will help make a difference to this very special village, Ballater.”
Tuesday 11th October 2016 marked the official Royal visit to the new Restaurant and Shop and saw not only Royal guests but private donors and local contractors and project managers who have been highly praised by the Prince.
The restaurant will open in November to allow for the recruitment of members of staff, whilst the attached Highgrove Shop will open at the end of this month.