Prince of Wales visits Sunderland’s Nissan plant

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SUNDERLAND’s Nissan plant got the Royal seal of approval this morning.

Prince Charles toured the plant before meeting schoolchildren and apprentices at the Gateshead College-operated Global Training Centre next to the factory.

The Prince of Wales sits in a new car as he is shown the production line of the new electric Leaf cars during a visit to the Nissan UK plant in Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales sits in a new car as he is shown the production line of the new electric Leaf cars during a visit to the Nissan UK plant in Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 20, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Charles. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Fourteen-year-old Venerable Bede Academy pupil Krista Shaw was among the pupils on a week-long visit to the centre as part of the nationwide Industrial Cadets scheme.

“My friend told me Prince Charles was coming – she had the article on her phone, she was that excited,” she said.

“So I did know he was coming, but I did not think I would get to meet him – it was absolutely unbelievable.

“He was asking about what we were doing and how this would help us in the future.”

The Prince of Wales was also due to meet boxer Amir Khan, an Olympic silver medallist, in Sunderland this afternoon as part of the Prince’s Step Up To Serve campaign, which aims to increase the number of young people involved in volunteering.

Charles will meet teenagers involved in the National Citizen Service (NCS), including a Dragon’s Den-style pitch for funding for a community project.

There will also be a technology lesson for older people, including NCS graduates demonstrating how to send a tweet to members of a weekly lunch club.