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Prince Charles pledges support for Burnley FC

Lancashire Telegraph: ROYAL APPOINTMENT: How new Clarets follower The Prince of Wales might look if he visits Turf Moor ROYAL APPOINTMENT: How new Clarets follower The Prince of Wales might look if he visits Turf Moor

TURF Moor could be set for a visit from royalty after Prince Charles told a club director he hopes to attend a match in the future.

The Prince of Wales told John Sullivan when they met at a private reception recently that he was keeping an eye on the Claret’s progress and avidly follows Burnley’s results.

Mr Sullivan said that the Prince told him he was following the club’s matches with interest and passed on his congratulations to the team and fans for their successes in making the Premier League.

He said that the club’s Community Sports Trust was also given the royal seal of approval.

Mr Sullivan said: “The Prince was delighted at the progress made by the club and has expressed a desire to visit us and see the good work we do in the community for himself, should his diary allow.”

Clarence House said any conversations between the club and the Prince were private but did say that Prince Charles’s connections with the town were well known.

Earlier this year he branded the town his charity’s “number one priority” and a “remarkable town”.

His charity The Prince’s Trust has an office in the town and aims to boost regeneration by helping and investing in young people.

Prince Charles’s interest in Burnley stems from a visit in 2005, when he saw first-hand the work being done to regenerate the town.

It was followed by a meeting at Clarence House in December when he quizzed Burnley Council bosses as well as business and charity leaders about progress and possible projects to boost the borough.

Then in February he saw Prince’s Trust projects in Burnley during a visit and was also given a tour of the Weaver's Triangle regeneration site, which he has taken a great interest in.

Coun Julie Cooper, Labour leader on Burnley Council and a Turf Moor season ticket holder, said: “It would be fantastic if he made a game. I hope he would sit near me.

“The town is already on his radar and he has done a lot of work for us.

"It is great to have someone so high profile championing your cause and supporting the town.

“He seems a very genuine man and has shown a real passionate interest in Burnley which will hopefully continue.”

Coun Gordon Birtwistle, leader of Burnley Council, said Prince Charles “had been a great friend to Burnley”.

“We need all the help we can get to deliver the regeneration of the borough and the Prince has been a great friend to Burnley.

“We were very grateful for him taking time out of his busy diary to visit us and would look forward to any future visits.”

Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Burnley Council, said: “Burnley Council and other agencies have been working closely with The Prince's charities and we are all very much looking forward to continuing what is turning into a very fruitful relationship.”

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8:31am Tue 8 Dec 09

akon says...

Coun Julie Cooper
If Charles ever came to a game & sat near you ,you could chat about your party getting our brave troops dragged into 2 illegal wars ,closing our old people's homes down,shutting our A & E down & completely ignoring the electorate's wishes for 30+ years.
Coun Julie Cooper If Charles ever came to a game & sat near you ,you could chat about your party getting our brave troops dragged into 2 illegal wars ,closing our old people's homes down,shutting our A & E down & completely ignoring the electorate's wishes for 30+ years. akon
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8:52am Tue 8 Dec 09

therighthon says...

Earlier this year he branded the town his charity’s “number one priority” and a “remarkable town”.

Is he havin a laugh?
Earlier this year he branded the town his charity’s “number one priority” and a “remarkable town”. Is he havin a laugh? therighthon
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9:02am Tue 8 Dec 09

Old Timer says...

Good old Charles, he wants to become a Dingle like me.... A Dingle by Royal Appointment, sounds good dun'it... Long may the Dingle's reign.
Good old Charles, he wants to become a Dingle like me.... A Dingle by Royal Appointment, sounds good dun'it... Long may the Dingle's reign. Old Timer
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9:09am Tue 8 Dec 09

hoodle says...

I think he'd enjoy t'turf, he,s reknowned for talking to vegetables!
I think he'd enjoy t'turf, he,s reknowned for talking to vegetables! hoodle
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9:38am Tue 8 Dec 09

MerlinTheVoiceofReason says...

therighthon wrote:
Earlier this year he branded the town his charity’s “number one priority” and a “remarkable town”.

Is he havin a laugh?
Banter between football fans is all well and good; but, really, is this pettiness really justified when it comes to improving East Lancashire for the greater good.

We should all be working to make Pennine Lancashire a better place.

Well done to Charles, he's certainly done more with very limited resources than the Labour Loonies who have completely ignored this part of the world for the last 10 years.
[quote][p][bold]therighthon[/bold] wrote: Earlier this year he branded the town his charity’s “number one priority” and a “remarkable town”. Is he havin a laugh?[/p][/quote]Banter between football fans is all well and good; but, really, is this pettiness really justified when it comes to improving East Lancashire for the greater good. We should all be working to make Pennine Lancashire a better place. Well done to Charles, he's certainly done more with very limited resources than the Labour Loonies who have completely ignored this part of the world for the last 10 years. MerlinTheVoiceofReason
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9:47am Tue 8 Dec 09

Fred Storm says...

Can he play left back?
Can he play left back? Fred Storm
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9:55am Tue 8 Dec 09

akon says...

Put him in nets wi' them ears.
Put him in nets wi' them ears. akon
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11:22am Tue 8 Dec 09

Old Timer says...

Merlin... please read the posts in "Burnley Tourist Centre to move to the Mechanics. Lot of support there.
Merlin... please read the posts in "Burnley Tourist Centre to move to the Mechanics. Lot of support there. Old Timer
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12:57pm Tue 8 Dec 09

brfcianbrfc says...

Better be quick if he wants to watch the premiership.
Better be quick if he wants to watch the premiership. brfcianbrfc
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1:37pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Tom Saxondale says...

This article linking His Royal Highness to Burnley, European Capital of Medieval Barbarism, does little to assuage the fears of his Loyal subjects that the Royal Family engages in, let us say, ahem, selective, internal, and gene pool-restrictive methods of heir production.

I suppose the similarities between Charlie-boy and the Clarets, and those of Rovers and the Queen, can be drawn here, the former have been waiting for the latter to disappear for decades so that they can assume their respective thrones.

OLD LIZZIE MAY HAVE A SHELF LIFE BUT THE MIGHTY ROVERS WILL BE ON TOP FOREVER!

What next, duelling banjos at the Palace?

Charles Darwin must be spinning in his grave.

The mind boggles...
This article linking His Royal Highness to Burnley, European Capital of Medieval Barbarism, does little to assuage the fears of his Loyal subjects that the Royal Family engages in, let us say, ahem, selective, internal, and gene pool-restrictive methods of heir production. I suppose the similarities between Charlie-boy and the Clarets, and those of Rovers and the Queen, can be drawn here, the former have been waiting for the latter to disappear for decades so that they can assume their respective thrones. OLD LIZZIE MAY HAVE A SHELF LIFE BUT THE MIGHTY ROVERS WILL BE ON TOP FOREVER! What next, duelling banjos at the Palace? Charles Darwin must be spinning in his grave. The mind boggles... Tom Saxondale
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3:15pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Boris The Spider says...

Tom Saxondale - I was going to come out with a comment about both the Dingles and the Royal family all being in bred, but you seem to have put it so much better!!!
Tom Saxondale - I was going to come out with a comment about both the Dingles and the Royal family all being in bred, but you seem to have put it so much better!!! Boris The Spider
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4:07pm Tue 8 Dec 09

Old Timer says...



Tom Saxondale writes....."I suppose the similarities between Charlie-boy and the Clarets, and those of Rovers and the Queen"..............
..... Queens surely is plural in this case with no connection whatsoever to Her Majesty.
Tom Saxondale writes....."I suppose the similarities between Charlie-boy and the Clarets, and those of Rovers and the Queen".............. ..... Queens surely is plural in this case with no connection whatsoever to Her Majesty. Old Timer
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6:00pm Tue 8 Dec 09

golazzo says...

I wonder if Councillor Cooper pays for her season ticket or is she on a freebie with council owning a box.
I wonder if Councillor Cooper pays for her season ticket or is she on a freebie with council owning a box. golazzo
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8:49am Wed 9 Dec 09

therighthon says...

Banter between football fans is all well and good; but, really, is this pettiness really justified when it comes to improving East Lancashire for the greater good.

We should all be working to make Pennine Lancashire a better place.

Well done to Charles, he's certainly done more with very limited resources than the Labour Loonies who have completely ignored this part of the world for the last 10 years.

I'm sorry if I upset you merlinthevoiceofreas
on, but I find it hard to comprehend anyone calling it a "remarkable town", in the same way I would laugh at anyone using the same to describe Blackburn.

Maybe it's just me but I can see very little remarkeable about the place. Please educate me if you can.

Many thanks!
Banter between football fans is all well and good; but, really, is this pettiness really justified when it comes to improving East Lancashire for the greater good. We should all be working to make Pennine Lancashire a better place. Well done to Charles, he's certainly done more with very limited resources than the Labour Loonies who have completely ignored this part of the world for the last 10 years. I'm sorry if I upset you merlinthevoiceofreas on, but I find it hard to comprehend anyone calling it a "remarkable town", in the same way I would laugh at anyone using the same to describe Blackburn. Maybe it's just me but I can see very little remarkeable about the place. Please educate me if you can. Many thanks! therighthon
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9:40am Wed 9 Dec 09

batfastard says...

It is a shame to see all these poor Rovers inbreds jabbing their six fingers in the air and shouting 'What about us?'
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No-one cares about your two-horse little shanty town full of wrecked houses and smacked up tracksuit-wearing unemployed locals.
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the future king of England thinks that Burnley is a 'Remarkable town' and pledges his support for our football club and that has made you choke on your grits and declare "Wor't aboot us, like?"
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Everybody hates you - get used to it
It is a shame to see all these poor Rovers inbreds jabbing their six fingers in the air and shouting 'What about us?' . No-one cares about your two-horse little shanty town full of wrecked houses and smacked up tracksuit-wearing unemployed locals. . the future king of England thinks that Burnley is a 'Remarkable town' and pledges his support for our football club and that has made you choke on your grits and declare "Wor't aboot us, like?" . Everybody hates you - get used to it batfastard
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12:06pm Wed 9 Dec 09

bankhall says...

We should all be working to make Pennine Lancashire a better place.
this place doesn't exist tosser only for an unelected gravy train .Charles says these things to every one he speaks to why does this rag print this cr@p.He is a parasite who has done nothing for Burnley and sitting bext to another onea prospective Mp god help us ' at the moor would be a joke
We should all be working to make Pennine Lancashire a better place. this place doesn't exist tosser only for an unelected gravy train .Charles says these things to every one he speaks to why does this rag print this cr@p.He is a parasite who has done nothing for Burnley and sitting bext to another onea prospective Mp god help us ' at the moor would be a joke bankhall
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12:40pm Wed 9 Dec 09

Davidoff says...

Trying to work out what fascination he has with Burnley. Or what will come of it. Any lucrative manufacturing, development plans heading that way at all?

Nice to see the report has turned into another 'them and us' football fan thing. No wonder Lancashire is in the state it's in. Forget the War of the Roses. It's civil war all round because someone lives in a different area and supports a different team.

Still trying to figure out why Burnley of all places. Is it going to be turned into a conservation belt, maybe?

I think some seem to forget how vitriolic Charles was to the working class some years ago with his attack on people with no qualifications. Thing is, he, himself left school without any. Little known fact.
Trying to work out what fascination he has with Burnley. Or what will come of it. Any lucrative manufacturing, development plans heading that way at all? Nice to see the report has turned into another 'them and us' football fan thing. No wonder Lancashire is in the state it's in. Forget the War of the Roses. It's civil war all round because someone lives in a different area and supports a different team. Still trying to figure out why Burnley of all places. Is it going to be turned into a conservation belt, maybe? I think some seem to forget how vitriolic Charles was to the working class some years ago with his attack on people with no qualifications. Thing is, he, himself left school without any. Little known fact. Davidoff
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2:50pm Wed 9 Dec 09

midas says...

He got some A levels (albeit poor ones) and a university degree.
He got some A levels (albeit poor ones) and a university degree. midas
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11:11pm Wed 9 Dec 09

zappedagain says...

Up yours jug-ears.
BRFC for ever!!!
Up yours jug-ears. BRFC for ever!!! zappedagain
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