The King visits Lincolnshire
Published 24 July 2023
The King has carried out engagements in Lincolnshire, including visits to Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese farm and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight site.
Today, The King carried out engagements in Lincolnshire.
His Majesty first visited the farm where the Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese is produced, where he met the family who have run the farm since 1918 and are now in their fourth generation.
The farm began dairying in 1970 and today all the milk produced on the farm, apart from a small quantity bottled and sold at Farmers Markets, is turned into Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese.
After watching the cheese milling process from a viewing window, His Majesty met members of staff who have supported work at the Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese farm, including Richard Tagg, who worked as the cheesemaker for 25 years before retiring in 2019, and Robert Ranshaw, who has worked on the farm for 47 years.
In the cheese store, where the cheese is housed and turned for full maturity, The King also met a robot called “Florence the Machine”, who turns the truckles of cheese between aisles.
His Majesty later visited the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, joined by World War 2 veterans, in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Operation Chastise.
The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was founded at a formal ceremony held at RAF Biggin Hill, the Battle of Britain airfield in Kent, on 11th July 1957. The initial complement of aircraft was three PR Mk XIX Spitfires and the RAF’s last airworthy Hurricane, LF363.
In 1969, it was renamed the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and was formally established as a fully funded unit. The BBMF has continued to grow and now maintains and operates ten historic and irreplaceable Second World War era aircraft: an Avro Lancaster, a C-47 Dakota, six Spitfires, two Hurricanes and, in addition, flies two 1952 de Havilland Chipmunk T10 training aircrafts.