Wednesday 20e October, HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester visited Crich tram village, where he is boss.
Also present were special guests, HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Ms. Elizabeth Fothergill CBE and Consort Mr. Fothergill, Mayor of Amber Valley, Councilor David Taylor, and Consort Ms. Valerie Taylor.
Two Lord Lieutenants, Master Sgt Claudia Gration and Master Sgt William Stelfox greeted the Duke of Gloucester on arrival and departure.
The special day focused on members of the Tramway Museum Society and offered them a chance to learn more about the latest projects and future plans.
Tramway Museum Society President Karen Rigg and President Ian Ross as well as Crich Tramway Village Managing Director Dr Mike Galer met the group on their arrival and HRH the Duke of Gloucester officially launched the latest project. tram restoration, Newcastle 102, by driving it from the Workshop onto the track.
After meeting some of the members, the Duke also toured the showroom, which hosts a Century of Trams exhibit and an exhibit on History Maker, Michael Holroyd Smith, before taking another tram on Liverpool 869.
Karen Rigg said: “We were very happy to welcome our Patron back to the Museum and delighted that he has started our recent restoration project.”
Dr Mike Galer said: “We are delighted to offer this special day to our members and take the opportunity to share our future plans.”
Crich Tramway Village closes for winter maintenance after Sunday 31stst October and will reopen on 12e March 2022. For more details, please visit: www.tramway.co.uk
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