Lancashire TelegraphPrince William and Kate Middleton to visit East Lancashire (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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    OBT2 wrote:
    Well I was intrigued to find out what was going on regarding the Royal visit, as I only caught half a story on the news yesterday. I read with excitement as I knew there would be a few thousand school children around our Borough who would love to meet a prince and a princess (to be). The children from the most deprived area of the North West only get to read about these people in Fairy Tales and would never dream of meeting one in real life. In fact, not many of our children get books to read . So I'm hoping, as a teacher in one of our local schools, that this enables us to visit them when they arrive as, after all, it is part of our curriculum. We talk about Henry 8th and his wives so why shouldn't we talk about the Prince who is next in line to the throne. The children will have this as an experience that they will never forget. So will I! But then when I read further down to the columns of comments posted by allegedly 'die hard Darreners' and the 'why does our town get nowt and Blackburn gets everything' types I was really embarrassed. In fact I was ashamed to be associated with any of you. Winge? My god! I thought politicians were good at finding the negative in everything, but you lot have certainly surpassed them. Money, money money. It all boils down to that. Even if Darwen had the money (and I know it doesn't!) you would winge about spending it for this too. This country doesn't need anymore energy sappers than it has already! You lot suck the enjoyment out of life because you see things as always being so difficult. To be honest I hope that if we did turn it into a school outing, non of the wingers would turn up. Our children have trouble seeing things in a positive light as it is, without you lot making it even more difficult! To all the people who are looking forward to the visit, and have commented so, you are all great. I hope to see you there! Who knows, maybe if we didn't shell out all that money for people being on benefits rather than getting up of their lazy backsides and finding a job, we could fund this visit ten times over.
    Please stop whinging."
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Prince William and Kate Middleton to visit East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: ROYAL VISITORS Prince William and Kate Middleton leaving Belfast City Hall ROYAL VISITORS Prince William and Kate Middleton leaving Belfast City Hall

PRINCE William and his fiancee Kate Middleton are to visit Blackburn and Darwen in the weeks before their Easter wedding.

Preparations are underway at a number of venues in the borough, and top-level meetings are being carried out over routes and security.

The visit will be one of the last engagements carried out before the couple marry in Westminster Abbey on April 29.

Clarence House declined to comment, while the exact date and locations the couple will visit have not been revealed.

But the Lancashire Telegraph understands the pair will visit in the weeks before their wedding.

One of the purposes will be to meet young people.

They will go to both towns in the borough.

It has not yet been revealed exactly why they are coming to the area, although the pair are thought to be embarking on a number of visits around the country ahead of their big day.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said it was ‘flattering’ the pair had decided to visit.

He said: “It’s great news for the whole area and it’s very flattering that they are coming to the borough just before their wedding.

“I hope everybody will be boosted by the news.”

Council leader Kate Hollern joked: “It’ll be Kate meets Kate! It’s quite a coup for us.

“We are really pleased they have chosen Blackburn with Darwen and we will give them a good traditional welcome to the area.

“It is wonderful news that the young Royal couple can come and see what the North West is about.”

Prince William visited Blackburn in May 2008 in his role as president of the FA.

He went to St Aidan’s School in Mill Hill, and played a game with pupils. Miss Middleton has stepped up her public appearances since news of the engagement was announced in November.

The couple made their first visit to Northern Ireland earlier this week when they had a go at tossing pancakes on Shrove Tuesday in Belfast.

In February, they returned to St Andrew’s University in Scotland where they first met and fell in love.

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