West Bridgford man helps Kate and William to enjoy a walk among the treetops
A FORMER West Bridgford nurse turned jungle explorer had a pair of special visitors to his new workplace in Borneo.
Simon Amos, 44, along with his wife Christine, were working at the Danum Valley Field Centre in Kota Kinabalo when Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge arrived on Saturday.
The pair were whisked up to a forest canopy, with former Becket School pupil Simon helping them on their visit.
After the couple had left, Simon immediately phoned home to let family know about his visitors.
His dad Ivor Amos, also from West Bridgford, said the Royal visit was a proud moment for his son.
He said: "He called me up afterwards and said it was the peak of his career.
"He sounded delighted that he was able to show Prince William and Kate around the centre.
"Simon knew about the visit in advance, and spent a lot of time making sure everything ran smoothly because you would want to make sure they enjoyed the visit."
According to Mr Amos, the Royal couple visited the centre as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour.
They selected the centre as Princess Diana was set to visit the centre shortly before she died in August 1997.
Mr Amos said: "It was a case that William and Kate were following in Princess Diana's footsteps.
"It was a fantastic thing for Simon to be involved in and he's obviously very happy with how it went."
The Royal couple were hoisted more than 40 metres up into the rainforest canopy to experience a birds-eye view of the eco-system.
When they got back down to ground level, Kate found herself attached to one local resident – a leech.
Speaking about their time in the tree tops at the Danum Valley field centre in Borneo the Duchess said: "That was rather surreal, wasn't it? It was amazing, such a treat, really brilliant to be up there.
"I could have stayed up there for hours, even though there were a lot of ants."