DIY SOS Manchester

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Princes William and Harry put on their hard hats and joined the DIY SOS team helping with the transformation of a north Manchester street into a village for army veterans.

prince william in hard hat

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The Royal Brothers, who are both ex-military, donned personalised hats, steel-toe boots and fluorescent jackets as they toured the site in Newton Heath.
Empty homes in Canada Street and New Street are being refurbished for former servicemen and servicewomen to live in with their families.
The project, the largest ever to feature on the makeover series, launched last Monday and is due to be completed by the end of this week.

prince harry working hard hat

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After being given a tour of the site by presenter Nick Knowles the Princes agreed to help out with some of the finishing touches of the project.
He said he hoped to cause ‘no offence’ to Nick, but admitted he had only recently watched DIY SOS for the first time recently.
The Duke met with some volunteers helping on the site, including a construction worker who travelled all the way from Gloucester to help out.
In the house next door Prince Harry got his hands dirty by laying paving stones in the garden, commenting it had ‘good bubbles’.
He later told an ex-serviceman on site he had to go and give William’s painting a re-touch because it was not ‘very good’.

prince William painting in hard hat

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Both of the Princes also met with two veterans who will be moving into homes in the village soon. Lamin Manneh, 37, who lost an arm and both his legs during a blast in Afghanistan, will be moving into a specially adapted house with his wife and five children.
The former Irish Guards soldier said he was looking forward to the ‘opportunities’ the village will provide and being able to go upstairs to read his children a bed time story. John Borge, 36, who served with The Queen’s Royal Lancers, suffers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and invited Prince Harry to his house warming party.

diy sos billy

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Nick added: “It has been really lovely. They both served in the military and they fully understand. They came to give our boys on the site a boost.” The work taking place includes landscaping streets to provide disabled access, parking and a facelift to all 62 properties on the streets. Three larger homes will be created to house veterans and their families, as well as one standard size property and a walk-in support centre ran by Walking With The Wounded.

Nick Knowles with prince william harry hug

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