THE Queen’s cousin the Duke of Gloucester brought a Royal air to Rotherham - with tours of Clifton Park, the police Lifewise Centre, and Beatson Clark glass factory.
The Duke and his wife the Duchess of Gloucester were shown round Clifton Park’s Memorial Garden, saw improvements made to the park over recent months and viewed preparations for this weekend’s Rotherham Show.
They met couples from Rotherham who are celebrating their diamond and platinum wedding anniversaries this year.
Then they unveiled a plaque to declare Clifton Park Garden Room officially open.
The Duchess then went to South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Lifewise Centre in Hellaby, and the Duke to glass manufacturer Beatson Clark.
Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, toured the glass factory to see how £10m of investment has improved operations. The factory makes bottles for brands including Lemsip, Golden Syrup, and Crabbie’s ginger beer.
“It was a great honour for us to welcome the Duke,” said director Lynn Sidebottom.
At the Lifewise Centre, the Duchess unveiled a plaque to declare the centre officially open.
Lifewise is an ‘interactive learning’ centre used to educate visitors about safety and citizenship, with the ultimate aim of reducing crime. Work takes place to improve road and fire safety and drug and alcohol awareness, and a full-size replica street is used for lifelike demonstrations.