Crich Tramway Village held a special event on Wednesday 20th October and welcomed their patron, HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester. HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Mrs Elizabeth Fothergill CBE and Consort Mr Fothergill, Mayor of Amber Valley, Councillor David Taylor, and Consort Mrs Valerie Taylor, also attended the special event.
Tramway Museum Society members were the main focus of the day, along with latest projects and future plans which were showcased at the event.
The party was met on their arrival by the Tramway Museum Society Chairman Karen Rigg and President Ian Ross, and Crich Tramway Village General Manager, Dr Mike Galer.
The Duke was saluted when he arrived and left by two Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Cadet Colour Sergeant Claudia Gration and Cadet Colour Sergeant William Stelfox.
The latest tram restoration project, Newcastle 102, was officially launched by the HRH the Duke of Gloucester as he drove it onto the track from the Workshop, after a quick driving lesson from Ian Rigg Lead Instructor.
The Duke met members of the tramway and then he explored the Exhibition Hall where a century’s worth of trams is on exhibit before having a go at driving the Liverpool 869.
Read more about Crich Tramway Village and see the trams in action when Rail Advent visited back in 2016.
RailAdvent Plus members can get a discount on standard entry to the museum. See here for details.
Karen Rigg said: “We were very pleased to welcome our Patron to the Museum once again and delighted that he launched our recent restoration project”.
Dr Mike Galer stated: “We were thrilled to offer this special day for our Members and take the opportunity to share our future plans”.
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