PRINCE Charles was greeted with some true Yorkshire humour and grit as he toured a flood-hit area.
The Prince of Wales met Calderdale residents, including one man wearing flippers and a wetsuit for the occasion.
The prince’s trip to see how communities had been hit by recent flooding was delayed by an hour – ironically because of the weather.
But at midday he met residents, business owners and school children in Hebden Bridge, just one part of Calderdale which suffered when a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours two weeks ago.
The prince began the visit at Central Street Infants and Nursery School where he met staff and pupils and examined the flood-hit classrooms.
The school had to temporarily close and children relocate to neighbouring schools as the clean-up operation got underway.
Charles spent around 20 minutes chatting to staff, pupils and members of the community who helped put the school and other businesses and premises back on track.
He risked getting soaked as he left the school and crossed a road to call in at several shops in the town, including the Yorkshire Soap Co and The Pennine Wine and Cheese Company.
He also took a walk on a bridge over the swollen and fast-flowing River Calder to chat to members of the emergency services.
He later attended a private meeting with council bosses, business leaders and other dignitaries at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
Charles was accompanied on his visit by representatives from his charity Business in the Community to see how the charity’s Business Emergency Recovery Group can help local businesses recover from the damage caused by the floods.