African prince gets royal welcome at forgemasters

Chris Archer, Neil Maskrey and Peter Birtles, from Sheffield Forgemasters, with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and Ken Dunn.

Chris Archer, Neil Maskrey and Peter Birtles, from Sheffield Forgemasters, with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and Ken Dunn.

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AN AFRICAN prince spent an afternoon at Sheffield Forgemasters during a visit to South Yorkshire.

HRH Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho toured the company’s Brightside Lane site where he was keen to learn about company operations and environmental policies.

As part of his work with Sheffield-based social enterpirse Connecting Communities Worldwide, he was shown round some of the Forgemasters 64-acre site by group director Peter Birtles and finance director Neil Maskrey.

City School’s former assistant headteacher Ken Dunn, who set up Connecting Communities Worldwide, joined the visit, which included a presentation by the company’s group environment manager, Vicky Hinchcliffe, on the ways in which the company manages its environmental impact – an area the prince was interested in learning more about.

Prince Seeiso said: “I didn’t quite realise the sophistication of the process. The sheer size of the machinery here is incredible.”