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A princely souvenir

Barnsley Chronicle supplement Friday, January 27, 2012

A supplement to commemorate the visit of HRH Prince Charles to Barnsley

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Chronicle’s historic day as Prince sets the press rolling By Kate Pickles

Lord Lieutenant David Moody escorted His Royal Highness throughout his visit.

PRINCE Charles set the printing press rolling on a Royal supplement to mark his visit to the Barnsley Chronicle. His Royal Highness was photographed arriving at the Chronicle offices and that became the front cover of the souvenir programme an hour later. Chronicle chairman Sir Nicholas Hewitt led him on tour of the newspaper where he met longserving staff and learned about its 153-year history. He signed the visitors’ book and unveiled a brass plaque in front of applauding staff before spending time talking to them.

“It was an historic day for the Barnsley Chronicle and for Barnsley as a whole,” said Sir Nicholas. “Prince Charles seemed genuinely interested in our work and the rich history we have here. “It was an honour to introduce him to the Chronicle and its staff who have helped make it the success it remains today.” The Prince of Wales was shown displays by sister companies Pen and Sword and Script Media before setting off the press. “The Prince was particularly interested in our DVDs and steam engine titles,” said Charles Hewitt.

Chronicle editor Andrew Harrod told him about ‘The Ferret’.

Chronicle chairman Sir Nicholas Hewitt gave him a warm welcome.

Reporter Nicky Hyde told him about Script Media and We Are Barnsley, a Chronicle sister company.

Ian Smith of Yorkshire Web explained the Chronicle has contracts to print dozens of other publications.

The Prince set presses rolling on a special supplement, He chatted to Kayley Worsley and other reporters in the newsroom. featuring the picture of him arriving minutes earlier.

He also met Kath Parkin, sports and memories writer, who started work for the Chronicle in 1960.

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He greeted a crowd of workers gathered in the press hall.

He met print workers Lee Barraclough, Steve Perry, Lee Hawcroft and Chris Bullivant.

He shakes hands with Chronicle designer Alan Billingham, watched by Sarah Hopton, Janet Brookes and Sheena Oakley.

As he left the Chronicle he waved to the school children and other crowds gathered outside.

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IT WAS all smiles and laughter when His Royal Highness met Dickie Bird, in the shadow of the statue of the umpire. Dickie had met Charles twice and the Queen 29 times so far. But he let on to the Chronicle that despite his familiarity with the Royals, he was still a little nervous and shaky. As soon as the Prince arrived though they were like two old pals, laughing and joking. Dickie showed him the statue and then introduced him to Graham Ibbeson, its sculptor.

He said: “I told him I was more nervous than I was starting a test match, which he was laughing at. “He asked me if I’d got my finger the wrong way round on the statue, but I said I think it’s right. That’s the way I do it. “It was a marvellous turnout, so many people were gathered around the statue. “I was so honoured and humbled, and thrilled. It was fantastic, not just for me, and the Chronicle, and the University, but for the town. “It was a tremendous occasion.”

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Rebecca captures work of Prince’s Trust... A PHOTOGRAPHER whose life was turned around by the Prince’s Trust presented the Prince of Wales with a photograph of the town hall. Rebecca Sykes, 28, of Summer Lane, set up Blush Photography after receiving a loan and business support from the trust’s enterprise programme. She gave a talk at the university campus about her experiences, in front of the Prince and other young people joining the same programme. She told His Royal Highness that without his charity’s support her business would have failed and she would have had no way to support her young son, who is now nine. Afterwards, she said: “He seemed genuinely interested, he wasn’t just nodding and smiling. “He seemed really happy that I’d been able to make a success out of the business.” Rebecca started with children and family portraits, but expanded into events, sports and press photography. She is also occasionally drafted in to take photographs for the Chronicle in busy periods or when staff photographers are ill. The prince met several young people who had set up businesses, either as a result of work at the university, or through the Prince’s Trust. Kirsty Lazenby, 24, of Wombwell, makes vintagestyle clothes out of recycled old material, such as curtains. She said: “He seemed really impressed, because he is very ‘green’. He thought the recycling element was a really good idea.” Michael Gaughan, 25, of Huddersfield Road, and Stephen Anders, 22, of St Helens, explained their business ATMOS Productions to him. Providing surround sound, ambient and moving lighting in theatre productions. The Prince also met teachers who are being trained through the Teach First programme, a charity of which he is patron. It works to encourage graduates from top universities to go into teaching. Amy Howarth, 24, originally from Cheshire, said: “I’ve been teaching at the Dearne ALC. He’s really passionate about the charity and he seemed so interested in what we’d been doing. “He said he would have liked to visit our schools.”

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Hundreds line the streets to meet Prince Charles THE Prince of Wales shook hands and chatted to hundreds of people who had braved the cold and drizzle to welcome him to Barnsley. His Royal Highness spoke to wellwishers who had lined the streets outside the Chronicle offices on Church Street, Barnsley. He went on a tour of the newspaper before taking time out to greet the crowd en route to his next stop at the Dickie Bird statue. Helen Steventon, 59, from Princess Street, Barnsley, was amongst the first to arrive at 9am.

“It was wonderful. He had a smile for everyone,” she said. “He shook everybody’s hands and was really interested in talking to people. I’m absolutely frozen but it was well worth it.” Kenneth Erwin, 64, of Darton, said: “I didn’t think we’d actually get to shake hands with him. I was quite surprised. It’s an honour that he’s come. “We don’t get royalty in Barnsley very often, it was the chance of a lifetime. We had to be here.” He also shook hands with Margaret Langford, 72, of Victoria

Road, Barnsley. “It’s absolutely made my day. I’m thrilled. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world,” she said. “I’ve seen a few of the royals before when they’ve come to Barnsley and a few times in London. But never up close like that. It was wonderful.” Shirley Farrar, 73, of Cubley, handed the Prince a rose and asked that he pass it to Camilla. “He said he’d make sure she got it,” she said. Julia Jones, 39, of Kirkland Gardens, Monk Bretton, brought

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toddler Gabriel to meet him. “He was absolutely charming,” she said. “He really took the time to speak to people and when he saw us waving he came over. It was a real honour to meet him. “I think it was fantastic for Barnsley to get the recognition. It lifts people and is good for the morale of the town.” Lance Corporal Matthew Winter, 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, of Cudworth, said: “I’m in his regiment. So I had to come out and see him in my

own town.” Retired Jill Dallison, 66, of Eadon Crescent, Hoyland, received one of the first copies of the Chronicle’s souvenir supplement while she waited. “Prince Charles asked how long we were here for and we told him. He shook all of our hands and spoke to everyone. He didn’t miss anyone out. “We’d already been handed a supplement and he asked whether we read the Chronicle. We were impressed how quickly it was done.”

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Barnsley Chronicle Royal Visit Supplement -  

A supplement to commemorate the visit of HRH Prince Charles to Barnsley. Published by the Barnsley Chronicle.