HRH The Duke of Gloucester visits Derbyshire

HRH The Duke of Gloucester during a visit to the Severn and Wye Smokery in Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire (c) Paul...

HRH The Duke of Gloucester during a visit to the Severn and Wye Smokery in Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire (c) Paul Nichols - Credit: PIC PAUL NICHOLLS

The Duke visited the Chesterfield Canal Trust, Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Bolsover Castle and Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester and Richard Cook, managing director of Severn and Wye Smokery, move two lave nets to officially...

HRH The Duke of Gloucester and Richard Cook, managing director of Severn and Wye Smokery, move two lave nets to officially open The Barn (c) Paul Nichols - Credit: PIC PAUL NICHOLLS

On 9th October HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited the north-east of the county. He began the day at two places transformed thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers.

At the Chesterfield Canal Trust’s Hollingwood Hub, the Duke was briefed about the current state of the canal’s restoration before a short cruise on the Trust’s tripboat, ‘Madeline’, and unveiling a plaque to record his visit. The Trust was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community in 2017. The Duke then travelled to Barrow Hill Roundhouse, where he looked round the railway museum, with its locomotives and rolling stock, operational turntable and running line. Bolsover Castle was the next stop; the fairy-tale mansion in the care of English Heritage has again benefited from recent restoration work. The Duke ended the day at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital, touring the building and officially opening the NGS Macmillan Unit – where a £2.5million fundraising campaign, including a £1.5million donation from the National Garden Scheme, contributed to the overall £10million cost of the project. During the day the Duke met people involved in the various projects, giving them a chance to talk about their outstanding achievements.

HRH Duke of Gloucester and general manager Mervyn Allcock inspect the running line at Barrow Hill Photo: Eve Hopkinson...

HRH Duke of Gloucester and general manager Mervyn Allcock inspect the running line at Barrow Hill Photo: Eve Hopkinson Photography - Credit: Archant

HRH The Duke of Gloucester and John Powell, secretary of the Severn Estuary Fisheman's Association, watch a pitcher-maker...

HRH The Duke of Gloucester and John Powell, secretary of the Severn Estuary Fisheman's Association, watch a pitcher-maker at work during a visit to The Fish Hut, Newnham-on-Severn (c) Paul Nichols - Credit: PIC PAUL NICHOLLS