PRINCE Andrew met some of Rotherham’s brightest young business brains - on a visit to the town originally postponed a fortnight ago due to fog.
Pupils at Herringthorpe Infants gave the Duke of York a welcome to remember at the first of a day-long series of engagements.
The school is a Champion School for Enterprise thanks to its six-year involvement in the business education programme Rotherham Ready.
As a national ambassador for UK business, the Duke was fascinated to learn how entrepreneurial skills are incorporated into classes for children as young as four.
Prince Andrew met six and seven-year-olds who were taking on a business challenge inspired by the classic tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Teacher Nicki Smyth said the children had created their own fashion houses to create a range of clothes that would impress simply everyone.
“The pupils are working together in their own companies on the project and they explained to the Prince what they are learning,” she said.
Six-year-old Nancy Cresswell-Hall explained to the Prince that she was in charge of quality control.
“It’s all about telling people what to do and making sure everything is just right. The Prince looked at our designs and asked us what skills we were using and what we were going to do next,” said Nancy.
Young accountants Lucy Gill, seven, and Jacob Llewellyn explained to the Royal visitor that they had to make sure their £3 budget was not exceeded.
“It’s good being an accountant as you become confident with numbers and you know just how much everything costs,” Lucy said.
The Prince met young entrepreneurs from Herringthorpe Juniors, Thorpe Hesley Juniors, St Mary’s RC Primary and Dearne Valley College, as well as some young people who have set up their own companies with Rotherham Ready’s help.
Herringthorpe Juniors pupil Bridie Sutton, aged 11, told the Duke they had been using recycled clothes to make outfits suitable for the opening ceremony at the Olympics.
“We were here two weeks ago and the Prince didn’t arrive, so we just met the Mayor instead. This time I got a real butterfly feeling in my tummy,” she said.
Prince Andrew visited Rotherham College of Arts and Technology where he officially opened the new £7m Wentworth Building. On such a glorious day he met engineering students busy with the perfect project for the conditions - solar panels on the roof, generating plenty of pure green energy.