Young Ribble Valley carpenter meets Prince Charles

Romain Townsend with Prince Charles
Romain Townsend with Prince Charles

A JOINER and carpenter has nailed it to work on some of Britain’s landmark listed heritage projects.

Romain Townsend (20), who is a former pupil of St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, spent three years completing a modern apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery at Accrington and Rossendale College.

He was previously employed by the Prince of Wales Foundation and is now based in Wales having successfully completed his NVQ Level 4 qualification in heritage construction.

The apprenticeship involved monthly placements at different locations throughout the country where he maintained and restored some of the UK’s most prestigious and historic buildings.

He completed a four-week placement to repair the roof of Lincoln Cathedral and the surrounding estate properties, while at another time he worked on Windsor Castle, carrying out lock repairs and gothic arch door casings. His other placements have been at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Port Talbot in Wales, and Houghtons of York.