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HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visits Crich Tramway Village

by Geoff Brown

HRH The Duke of Gloucester with other VIPs at Crich Tramway Village

On Wednesday 20th October, HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to Crich Tramway Village, where he is Patron.

Also in attendance were special guests, the HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill CBE and Consort Mr Fothergill, Mayor of Amber Valley, Councillor David Taylor, and Consort Mrs Valerie Taylor.

Two Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Cadet Colour Sergeant Claudia Gration and Cadet Staff Sergeant William Stelfox saluted the Duke of Gloucester on arrival and departure.

Ian Rigg, Lead Instructor at the museum, shows the Duke how to drive a tram.
Ian Rigg, Lead Instructor at the Museum, shows the Duke how to drive a tram.

The special day focussed on Tramway Museum Society members and offered them a chance to find out more about the latest projects and future plans.

Tramway Museum Society Chairman, Karen Rigg and President Ian Ross, along with Crich Tramway Village General Manager, Dr Mike Galer, met the party on arrival and HRH the Duke of Gloucester officially launched the latest tram restoration project, Newcastle 102, by driving it from the Workshop out onto the track.

After meeting some of the members, the Duke also toured the Exhibition Hall, which hosts a Century of Trams exhibition and an exhibition about History Maker, Michael Holroyd Smith, before taking a further tram drive on Liverpool 869.

Karen Rigg said: “We were very pleased to welcome our Patron to the Museum once again and delighted that he launched our recent restoration project”.

Dr Mike Galer stated: “We were thrilled to offer this special day for our members and take the opportunity to share our future plans”.

Crich Tramway Village closes for winter maintenance after Sunday 31st October and will re-open on 12th March 2022. For details please visit: www.tramway.co.uk

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