Royals sample successful Somerset cider

PUBLISHED: 20:00 14 June 2014

Martin Thatcher and his daughter Eleanor presenting the royal couple with some gifts and flowers.

Martin Thatcher and his daughter Eleanor presenting the royal couple with some gifts and flowers.

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MYRTLE Farm in Sandford was the royal couple’s first stop, as the Earl and Countess of Wessex heard a real Somerset success story.

Family-owned Thatcher’s Cider has built a new £3million packaging and warehouse facility to cope with its growing national and international reputation.

The Jubilee Building was formally opened by the royal guests, who also met a number of cider-makers and took a turn at pressing some apples.

Prince Edward and Countess Sophie toured one of the traditional orchards, before unveiling a commemorative plaque marking their visit.

Thatcher’s managing director Martin Thatcher said: “Our former kegging line was cramped and inefficient, so this new space allows the system to operate at full capacity – filling 450 kegs an hour with draught cider.

“It was a real honour to be able to show their Royal Highnesses around Myrtle Farm, and introduce them to three generations of the Thatcher family.”

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