THE Queen’s representative in Shropshire will be visiting Ludlow to see how the town is coping at this time of crisis.

Dean Harris, High Sheriff of Shropshire, will spend the afternoon in the town when she visits at the end of October.

The visit will combine meeting businesses in the town and charities that are supporting people.

Ms Harris will start his visit at the Ludlow Food Bank at the Rockspring centre where he will be met by the Mayor Tim Gill and will speak with Ruth Davies, the co-ordinator who will take him on a tour and introduce him to volunteers.

She will be told about how the Food Bank is coping with the increased demand for help.

The High Sheriff will return to the town centre where he will visit the market and talk to traders about how they are coping.

This part of the fact finding tour will include a visit to one of Ludlow’s oldest shops, Boddenhams.

One of the sectors that has been hardest hit by Covid-19 is hospitality and so Ms Harris is scheduled to visit three businesses that have had to cope with the impact.

She will begin with Adam Tutt, owner of the Chang Thai Bar and Restaurant.

Sonya Belchere, the custodian of Ludlow Castle, will conduct a short socially distanced tour of the historical attraction that has had to face an extended period of closure this year plus the loss of both the spring and main Food Festivals.

During her time in the town centre she will visit the Ludlow Assembly Rooms that is undergoing a major refurbishment and renovation.

At the end of the day there will be a visit to Ludlow Brewery to see how it has been impacted.

Before this she will speak to Allie Hales, who runs the Pricklebums Hedgehog Rescue Centre.

The High Sheriff will learn about the problems facing homeless young people when he visits Ludlow Foyer to meet residents.