Fresh from a trip Down Under, a young auctioneer had a rather royal appointment.
Ian Atkinson, 23, from Scorton, had just returned from a study trip to New Zealand and Australia in time to help with lambing a flock of 650 sheep on his family farm.
And, alongside four of his fellow North West Auction apprentices, Ian met HRH Prince Charles when he paid a visit to a new rural business site, J36 Rural Auction Centre, at Crooklands in South Lakeland, Cumbria.
Ian said: “It was a great honour to meet the Prince. He asked about my studies and my recent trip to New Zealand and Australia.
“He came across as knowledgeable and down to earth.”
Ian, who studied rural enterprise and land, management, is now working towards becoming a fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers and a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
As well as meeting with the group of young apprentices Prince Charles witnessed the launch of a Herdwick sheep brand and the process to guarantee the authenticity of Lakeland Herdwick lamb, followed by a special auction of prime lambs from the breed.
The Prince also met with L&K Group directors and staff and unveiled a plaque.