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Prince Edward praises town's makeover in Windsor and Eton visit

Prince Edward praises town's makeover in Windsor and Eton visit

Justin Burns

Prince Edward praises town's makeover in Windsor and Eton visit

A beaming Prince Edward inspected buildings and gave out prizes to winners in the 2012 Windsor and Eton Facelift project today.

The Earl of Wessex, 48, walked up Eton High Street viewing revamps, before taking in the Jubilee Fountain in the Goswells and giving awards out at the Castle Hotel. 

He was joined by chairman of the project Andrew Panter, deputy lieutenant for Berkshire, Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Colin Rayner and Eton Mayor Philip Highy.

Speaking after giving the awards out, Prince Edward, who is seventh in line to the throne, congratulated everyone who had taken part in the eighth facelift project.

He added: "It is great to see Park Street looking much better than a few years ago and the new additions make a tremendous change. The real winners are the people of Windsor and Eton town who took so much interest and pride in the project."

The project saw more than 160 makeovers of commercial, and residential buildings and public realm spaces.

Overall winner was the Royal Borough for the Jubilee Fountain built last year, which also won the best public realm facelift in Windsor. The McDonald Hotel, in the High Street, scooped best commercial makeover.

In Eton the best public realm facelift was Jubilee Square and commercial building was the Corner House, in Baldwin's Shore.

Society chairman Anne Taylor, said: "It has been a privilege for the society and they [the facelifts] are subtle, but significant for residents and visitors."

The first facelift project in 1961 was supported by the Queen and held last year to coincide with Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. It was run by the Windsor and Eton Society in conjunction with the Royal Borough, Windsor and Eton Town Partnership and town's chamber of commerce.

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