Bob and Bea were in attendance during the visit to Herefordshire by HRH The Duke of Kent on Tuesday 26th November. HRH was greeted by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, The Countess of Darnley JP who was attended by the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, Cadet Petty Officer Alice Spreckley (CCF).
HRH visited Weston-under-Penyard School where he was presented to Bob and Bea; the Chairman of Herefordshire Council, Cllr Olwyn Barnett; the Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council, Mr Alistair Neil; the Bishop of Ludlow, Rt Revd Alistair Magowan; the Chair of Governors, Miss Sally Tudsbery-Turner and the Head Teacher, Mr Brian Bird. Mr Bird then invited HRH to tour the school, meet the pupils, staff, parents and other supporters. His Royal Highness’ visit was part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the school. HRH finished his visit by unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion preceded by a short concert given by the pupils.
HRH then moved to Haigh Engineering Limited in Ross-on-Wye where he was presented to the Mayor of Ross, Councillor Chris Bartrum and the Managing Director of Haigh, Mr Mark Brian. HRH was then presented to the Chairman of Haigh Engineering Board, Mr Nigel Shepherd and Mrs Rosie Shepherd and the Directors and Co-owners of Haigh Engineering, Messrs Luke and Jacob Shepherd. HRH was given a brief presentation by Mr Brian and then toured the factory, meeting staff and seeing the products and processes. Bob and Bea, as well as other invited guests then joined HRH for lunch.
His Royal Highness’ final visit of the day was to the Tudorville and District Community Centre in Ross-on-Wye. On arrival the Lord-Lieutenant presented the Chair of Tudorville and District Community Centre, Mr Colin Gray to HRH. Mr Gray then presented various members of the committee and Trustees and HRH was briefed on the major, regular and fund-raising events and activities at the Centre. HRH then toured the centre meeting volunteers and users. HRH ended his visit by unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion.