Britain’s Prince William is greeted by members of the public as he arrives at Government House on the third and final day of his unofficial visit to Australia, in Melbourne, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010.
Britain’s Prince William is greeted by members of the public as he arrives at Government House on the third and final day of his unofficial visit to Australia, in Melbourne, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010.

Prince keen to meet flood victims

A REAL British royal will join Australian music royalty in Toowoomba on Sunday for the country music concert of a lifetime.

Prince William will make a special appearance at Spirit of the Country — the concert that has been organised to lift the spirits of Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley residents affected by flooding.

Concert organisers are expecting a capacity crowd of 20,000 people at Toowoomba Showgrounds but, unfortunately for music fans, tickets have already run out.

Publicist David Woodward confirmed yesterday the Prince would stop in at the concert for about one hour to meet with people affected by the devastating flood event.

“It’s fantastic. We’re thrilled he’s coming,” Mr Woodward said.

He said Prince William not only wanted to meet flood victims, but also emergency workers and volunteers.

From Toowoomba he will then rush to Brisbane for a $500-a-head fundraiser at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday night, to raise money for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund.

But the Prince is just the icing on the cake for Spirit of the Country, which already featured the biggest names in Australian country music.

Toowoomba’s own Gina Jeffreys will perform alongside Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Graeme Connors, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, James Blundell, Shane Nicholson, Brendon Walmsley, Bill Chambers, McAlister Kemp and Catherine Britt.

Radio personality Ray Hadley will host the event and a final “special guest” artist has also been confirmed, but organisers are keeping tight-lipped about the artist’s identity.

Premier Anna Bligh has revealed she would also be attending.

“The Prince is very keen for an informal tour where he can meet the people affected by these natural disasters,” Ms Bligh said yesterday.

She also said she expected the Prince would visit Grantham.

“The Prince’s visit will gain widespread international attention and will highlight the plight of people that have been affected by these disasters.”

If you know who the concert’s special guest artist is, email jim.campbell@thechronicle.com.au or phone 4690 9305.

 


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