Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit Croydon today

13:05 20 September 2012

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Croydon today. File picture: Ian Gavan/PA

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Croydon today. File picture: Ian Gavan/PA

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The Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are visiting Croydon today.

The royal couple toured businesses that were badly hit by the riots last year, meeting volunteers at the Croydon Voluntary Action, on London Road.

They were also due to speak to Croydon College staff and students this afternoon before unveiling a plaque at the newly opened University Centre.

Charles and Camilla last visited the borough shortly after the riots in August last year. Much of the town centre was set alight during the unrest, with the House of Reeves furniture store, a family-run business, burned to the ground.

Today the pair will see how their charities are helping to make a difference and rebuild the riot-hit area.

Croydon College principal Frances Wadsworth said he was “delighted” by the royal visit.

She added: “Staff and students are thrilled that we have such an opportunity to showcase the impact that Croydon College makes on its local community in a range of ways. The opening of University Centre Croydon is a real positive not just for the college but for Croydon as a whole.”

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