Laughter at Royal visit to Preston
Forty years ago this week Prince Philip paid a flying visit to Lancashire... piloting his own helicopter into Preston for an official tour of projects in the city
The Duke of Edinburgh stepped behind the pumps to give a barmaid a lesson in pulling a pint on a visit to Preston in March 1979.
The light-hearted moment happened as he officially opened the Willing Hands bar, part of the city’s employment rehabilitation centre, in Dovedale Avenue, Ingol. Prince Philip took one look at Teresa Wilson’s efforts and joked, “Have you done this sort of thing before?”
When Teresda, of Ingol, replied, “No,. sir”the royal visitor replied, “I can tell, you haven’t put a head on it.” Then he leaned over the 24-year-old and asked a group of drinkers, “You’ve got what you want have you?”
Earlier the Prince had landed one of the Queen’s Wessex helicopters in the grounds of the centre. After touring the facility he headed into Preston city centre where he was forced to fend of the amorous approaches of a middle aged woman.
As he walked into Preston Polytechnic the grey-haired woman stepped out of the crowd and tried to give him a kiss on the cheek. But the Prince shrugged her aside and quickly regained his composure to fulfil his engagement and formally open the polytechnic’s library.
A threatened demonstration by protesters, angry that £34,000 had been spent on the royal visit despite the polytechnic’s need for a new nursery, failed to materialise. Instead crowds of flag-waving students greeted Philip has arrived on the campus .
He then wrapped up his day in Lancashire with a trip to Martin Mere wildfowl sanctuary stopping by the roadside to speak to waiting schoolchildren on the way.