Charity visits lined up for royal couple in Rotherham

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ROTHERHAM is set to welcome The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in a royal visit.

Charity workers, garden party organisers and businessmen and women are gearing up to meet the couple.

The first engagements for the Duke, a cousin of the Queen, are to call in at the Rotherham Hospice, on Broom Road, as well as Beatson Clark, on Greasborough Road, on Thursday, September 6.

Beatson Clark supplies glass containers for various sectors in the UK.

The Duchess of Gloucester is to join the Duke at a garden party in Clifton Park, Rotherham, where they will be special guests of honour.

The Duchess will also make her own individual appearances on the day.

She is due to visit charity Safe@Last - which helps young people at risk of running away from home - at Waterside Business Park, Dinnington.

Tracy Haycox, director, said: “We’re excited to welcome the Duchess again next month. She visited in 2007 to mark the opening of our children’s refuge.

“We are looking forward to showing her how we have continued to develop our services for young runaways in South Yorkshire.

“It is a great honour for staff and volunteers to meet a member of the Royal family.”

Finally, the Duchess will call at the Lifewise centre in Hellaby, where thousands of school children learn vital life skills including fire, road and personal safety.

The Duke of Gloucester is a grandson of George V.