Special guest: Prince Charles – the Duke of Cornwall – arrives at Truro Cathedral

Prince Charles visited Truro Cathedral on Thursday (March 22) where he participated in the Sign-a-Slate project to show his support for its new roof appeal.

The Prince of Wales, who is also the Duke of Cornwall, signed his name on one of the slates, which will be placed on the new roof.

He then met community groups and businesses in the newly-refurbished Old Cathedral School, which has recently undergone restoration to make a creative space for those focusing on education, music and art for the city and surrounding communities.

High hopes: The Sign-a-Slate campaign is replacing parts of the cathedral roof

Charles’ first visit to Truro this year is part of a series of royal engagements in Cornwall, where he will also be marking the 200th anniversary year of the Royal Cornwall Museum.

The Sign-a-Slate fundraising project has been set up to raise money for the replacement of the 60,000 slates from the original cathedral roof, which has been in place since its completion in 1885.

The cathedral has made an urgent appeal to repair the original roof in order to ‘preserve it for future generations’. Approximately 5,000 people have already contributed to the project in order to raise the £3.2 million needed.

To donate and have your own name on a slate, residents should download and complete this form.

Donations can also be made via the JustGiving page.