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Graham Clark
Features Writer
3:00 PM 16th January 2020

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Bradford

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting Civic dignitaries in Bradford
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meeting Civic dignitaries in Bradford
The sun shone, the crowds came when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to Bradford

Greeting the Duke and Duchess at City Hall at 12 noon were the Lord Mayor, Councillor Doreen Lee; Cllr Susan Hinchliffe, Council Leader; Cllr Imran Khan, Deputy Leader; Cllr Vanda Greenwood; Kersten England, Chief Executive of Bradford Council and other guests. Once inside City Hall, the royal couple joined a group of young people from across the community to hear about life in Bradford. Then they met representatives from local employers and businesses for a discussion about helping young people into employment.

Outside City Hall, the crowds were in their hundreds, waiting patiently for over an hour in the freezing cold, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Royals. They were not to be disappointed, as the Duke and Duchess spent many minutes walking around, meeting people, chatting, smiling and hugging children.

Following their visit to City Hall, their Royal Highnesses went to My Lahore Restaurant, where they enjoyed making their own milkshakes, then on to one of Bradford's Khidmat Centres, whose main focus is to help the most vulnerable members of the community from minority ethnic backgrounds. They joined a session involving groups supported by Better Start Bradford; met families from the 'Older Yet Wiser' project, a group for grandparents who have child-caring responsibilities for their grandchildren; and attended a workshop run by Near Neighbours, an organisation which brings religiously and ethnically diverse people together.

The visit will be a huge boost for Bradford which attracted national media attention and for once showed the city in a positive light.