Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Royal Progress Wednesday 6th April 2011

Dear all
I can only report on a day that has been most excellent. All worked seamlessly and the Duke of Gloucester arrived off the 0925 St Pancras to Sheffield with a special stop at Duffield and progressed with us to Wirksworth.
Our Royal Train, the first ever to Wirksworth, travelled with HRH on the footplate to Idridgehay and then he joined the Royal Saloon for the remainder of the journey. A tour of Wirksworth and meeting of school children and our working teams worked very well and the Duke proved to be a could communicator as he met a large number of people.
After a lunch organised by Dorothy where chocolate cake featured he gave an impromptu speech that was quite entertaining and we bade our farewells.
I can only express my admiration for all the volunteer teams that attended today's events and the whole operation went seamlessly and reflected immense credit on the whole enterprise.
One could not imagine today's proceedings 10 years ago or even six months ago. Glasses should be raised more than once after today's events.
I think today captivated the media and we should benefit immensely from the exposure achieved.
Resting in quiet solitude.