Delight as royal visitors prepare to come to South Yorkshire

The Duke of Gloucester.
The Duke of Gloucester.
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Staff at organisations and charities around South Yorkshire say they are excited and honoured to be welcoming royal visitors next month.

The Duke of Gloucester will be visiting the area on Tuesday, November 4, and The Duke of Kent will tour three organisations and charities on Friday, November 14.

The Duke of Kent

The Duke of Kent

Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester is set to visit Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet on Abbeydale Road South in Sheffield, before moving on to Wentworth Castle and Conservatory, on Lowe Lane, in Barnsley.

While there, he will tour the refurbished Victorian conservatory and gardens.

Claire Herring, director of Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust, said: “The Duke is going to be visiting because it’s the first anniversary of when we finished restoring our Victorian conservatory.

“He will be coming and having a tour of the conservatory and the gardens and looking at future projects we are planning.”

The Duke, the Queen’s cousin, will then visit the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield before he officially opens the new In Patient Centre at St Luke’s Hospice, on Little Common Lane, Whirlow.

He will tour the new premises and meet staff and patients.

Una Moran, director of fundraising and communications at St Luke’s Hospice, said the visit was a important day in the hospice’s history.

She said: “We are delighted that the Duke of Gloucester is joining us and undertaking the official opening of our new In Patient Centre, built with the support of the people of Sheffield for use by the people of Sheffield.

“This is a very important day in the story of St Luke’s and marks the start of a new era of care for all people across the city.

“Without their incredible enthusiasm and generosity, our new In Patient Centre simply would not have been possible.”

The Duke of Kent – another of the Queen’s cousins – will begin his visit to South Yorkshire at Wathwood Hospital, a medium secure unit on Gipsy Green Lane, in Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham.

After that, he will be moving on to Fosters Bakery Staincross Limited, on Towngate, in Mapplewell, Barnsley.

The Duke will end his day in the region with a visit to Endeavour Training Limited, based in the Riverside Centre, on Earl Marshal Road, Fir Vale, Sheffield.

His visit will mark the beginning of the charity’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

The charity works at grass roots level with some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.

Chief executive Les Roberts said: “At Endeavour we are celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2015.

“The Duke’s visit marks the start of those celebrations.

“We are very much looking forward to his visit. It is an exciting time for us.”