Princess Anne was given a preview of the celebrations Sheffield has planned to mark the centenary of the discovery of stainless steel when she visited cutlery and giftware manufacturer Chimo Holdings.
Chimo, based in Eyre Lane, makes cutlery under some of the city’s most prestigious brand names. Subsidiaries include William Yates, which was founded in 1750 and is one of Sheffield’s oldest cutlery manufacturers.
The Princess Royal toured the factory with Master Cutler Neil MacDonald and Chimo’s managing director Chris Hudson.
She was presented with a silver Armada Dish, manufactured by Chimo and based on the design of dishes made in the mid to late 1500s from silver said to have been recovered from Spanish treasure ships that formed part of the Spanish Armada in 1558.
Princess Anne was also presented with commemorative stainless steel items commissioned to mark the centenary and saw a selection of items demonstrating current uses of the alloy, some of which will be featured in Museums Sheffield’s Designed to Shine exhibition, which opens next month.
Master Cutler Neil MacDonald said “It was a wonderful opportunity to tell Her Royal Highness about stainless steel.
“She showed a particular interest not just in the modern day uses of stainless steel, but also in the development of other metals and in how Sheffield has remained at the forefront of innovation”
Sheffield’s plans to celebrate 100 Years of Stainless Steel were announced at an official launch last month, where a year long celebratory events programme spanning culture, business and education was unveiled.
The latest information on the celebrations can be found at: www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/visit/stainless