HRH Prince of Wales visits TBW
14 July 2011
On the afternoon of June 15th 2011, HRH Prince Charles stepped off a Thames Clipper and onto Trinity Buoy Wharf Jubilee Pier. Built to commemorate HRH Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee in 2002, it was the ideal place for him to start the tour.
Known for his passion for heritage and the arts, the Prince looked relaxed but fasinated as Eric Reynolds (MD of Urban Space Management, the company that manage Trinity Buoy Wharf) led a tour of the site.
After listening to the Longplayer sound installation in London's only remaining Lighthouse, the Prince was shown how the props for some of London's best known shows are created by English National Opera's Workshop Manager Paul Jones before heading off to watch the rehearsals of the dance students at University of East London IPAD Centre, commenting "is that street? I can't keep up with them!"
The Prince then went up to the innovative rooftop playground of Faraday School to cries of "Your Majesty" from the excited pupils before making a stop in to see Container City tenant, Fashion and Accessories Designer Sophia Afxentiou of the label Sophia&Matt praising her for develping their business from a market stall to a shop which opened earlier this year. He was even heard complimenting her on her "old school" Roberts radio whilst she expressed her delight at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding.
The Prince of Wales ended his visit with a piece of homemade chocolate cake at Driftwood Cafe before being driven away in style with a police escort.
Quite an unusual afternoon at the Wharf!
Urban Space Management developed Trinity Buoy Wharf from derelict workshops into its current incarnation as a centre for the arts and creative industries. Founding Director Eric Reynolds has left a large donation to the Prince's Trust in his will.
"Some unfortunate people are part of families where no-one has ever worked, Mr Reynolds said: "The Prince's Trust does wonderful work in helping many of these young people out of the downward spiral created by worklessness and lack of direction
"I decided to leave a legacy to the Prince's Trust to support their important work in the future."