The Prince of Wales on royal duty in Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 25 September 2015
HRH spent a day visiting businesses and community projects around Yorkshire
Prince Charles called in at Abraham Moon & Sons, in Guiseley, the last fully vertical mill left in England which turns raw wool into finished fabric all under one roof. He met long serving staff, Norman Renton and Sylvia Schofield, as well as apprentices, Jack Roberts and Jasmine Owen.
Managing director John Walsh said it was a privilege to meet Prince Charles and hear him speak about the importance of British and Commonwealth wool and its use within the fashion and interior industry. ‘His ongoing work with The Campaign for Wool cements his dedication to educate consumers about the benefits of wool, promote wool rich products and help to support and grow the wool industry,’ he said.
Prince Charles went on to meet members, volunteers and sponsors of the Ure Salmon Trust, whose aim is to see the species returning back to spawn in the River Ure in ever increasing numbers. The river was badly polluted during the Second World War, resulting in the virtual collapse of the commercial fishing industry in Wensleydale.
The Ure Salmon Trust has been working hard to radically increase salmon stocks in the river, giving a huge boost to the local economy by promoting fishing tourism.
The Prince was then joined by 18 members of the Dales Pony Society, of which he is patron, where he met veteran rider Charlie Parker, who is in his early 70s and still riding.
He went on to visit Hudswell’s local pub, the George and Dragon. The pub was saved as a community cooperative in 2010 after it closed down two years before. It also doubles up as shop and library, providing a lifeline for so many residents in the village.
His Royal Highness also visited Wensleydale Creamery, in Hawes, home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and sponsor of The Prince’s Dairy Initiative. He was given a tour of the creamery, which employs 230 people, supports 45 local dairy farmers and contributes £11 million to the local economy each year.
The final stop for the royal party was the Parachute Regiment Training Company based in Catterick. Prince Charles has been Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment since 1978 and was invited to watch soldiers use the trinasium -- a piece of training equipment that tests not only the soldier’s physical fitness but their head for heights.
Earlier in the day Prince Charles also visited Leeds Prison and met ex-offenders and mentors from Mosaic, an HRH founded initiative that supports young offenders through one-to-one mentoring.