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Prince Charles visits borough's entrepreneurs at 639 enterprise centre, in Tottenham
Prince Charles spoke with some of the borough's teenagers during a visit to the 639 building in Tottenham
The Prince of Wales visited Haringey this morning to meet some of the borough’s most promising teenagers and business people.
HRH Prince Charles praised the work of those at the 639 building, in High Road, Tottenham, as he learned more about the area’s £1billion regeneration.
The 65-year-old future monarch met Gina Moffatt, who runs the centre’s cafe and is an ambassador for his charity, the Prince’s Trust.
The Prince of Wales visits Tottenham: video courtesy of The British Monarchy
Ms Moffatt thanked the Prince for investing in her business.
She said: “My whole business is here thanks to him and the Prince’s Trust.
“I said to him 'this is what you have started by investing in me four and a half years ago' – he has helped create more than ten jobs for the people in the area.
“I felt so excited, like a million dollars, when I met him.”
Prince Charles also sat down with some of the borough’s best and brightest teenagers to discuss some of the social issues in Tottenham.
Joe Hopkins, 16, the leader of Haringey Youth Parliament, said: “It was very good to tell him about what young people are doing in the Tottenham and that the borough’s youth are engaged with change.”
Christine Owoh, 16, and TJ Barrett-Dunn, 15, from Gladesmore Community School, raised concerns about the inadequate street lighting in some of Haringey’s parks and residential roads.
Ms Owoh said: “Sometimes it can be quite intimidating walking through some of the parks because they aren’t very well lit.”
Erika Lopez, 22, of Positive Youth News Haringey, told the royal visitor about some of Tottenham’s talented under-25s.
She said: “There are lots of young people in the area who are achieving so much and who don’t get recognised.
“I asked the prince if he would be willing to help with that and he said ‘that’s why I’m here’.”
Finally, the Prince of Wales met Mehmet Akbasak, his wife Burcin, and their twin 13-month-old daughters Lara and Kayla.
They are the first family to move back into the newly rebuilt Carpetright building, in High Road, Tottenham, which was destroyed in the 2011 riots.
Mr Akbasak said: “He asked when were moving back into the building and asked we were happy.
“We have met him before just after the riots and that was a very sad time because we had just lost everything, thankfully this time it was a happier occasion.”
After these meetings, the Prince was driven to Tottenham Town Hall where he had a private meeting with the chief executive of Haringey Borough Council Nick Walkley.
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