County dignitaries tour Peak firms

The visitors viewing the warehouse area at Nomow Ltd in Dove Holes. From left: Michael Titteshill, Lord-Lieutenant William Tucker, Hilary Coleman, High Sheriff David Coleman, Edmund Bradbury, Cllr Nigel Bradbury, John Hibbert, Chris Suter, Wing Cmdr Dr Philip Giles, Cllr Stewart Young. Photo contributed.
The visitors viewing the warehouse area at Nomow Ltd in Dove Holes. From left: Michael Titteshill, Lord-Lieutenant William Tucker, Hilary Coleman, High Sheriff David Coleman, Edmund Bradbury, Cllr Nigel Bradbury, John Hibbert, Chris Suter, Wing Cmdr Dr Philip Giles, Cllr Stewart Young. Photo contributed.

Two High Peak businesses rolled out the red carpet to welcome some of the county’s leading dignitaries.

William Tucker, Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, and High Sheriff David Coleman toured Dove Holes firms Nomow and Leander Architectural during a visit to the area last Wednesday.

The High Sheriff was accompanied by his wife Hilary, while Deputy Lieutenant Wing Commander Philip Giles OBE was also present on the visit, which had been arranged by Chapel-en-le-Frith resident Edmund Bradbury.

“The Lord Lieutenant commented that the visit to the two companies was most enlightening, while the High Sheriff referred to the warmth of the welcome on what he described as a wonderful day in the High Peak,” commented Mr Bradbury.

The visit commenced at the headquarters of Nomow, suppliers and installers of artificial grass. After a briefing on the company’s activities by managing director Michael Tittershill and commercial director Chris Suter, the party toured the company’s extensive facilities.

The visit continued at nearby Leander Architectural, where directors Ted and Sue McEvoy gave details of recent activities and work in progress.

This included the provision of 11 plaques bearing the names of Commonwealth and foreign recipients of the Victoria Cross for service during the First World War. The plaques were displayed at a ceremony at Lancaster House in London before being shipped to the respective countries.

Also being undertaken was the restoration of replica narrow gauge railway wagons which were used on First World War battlefields.

Following lunch at Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club, the visitors, together with High Peak Mayor Cllr Alan Barrow, congratulated 16-year-old Harry Hibbert on his success in the Derbyshire Boys’ Championship.

The party paid a visit to Eccles Pike and the Bugsworth Basin complex, where Don Baines of the Inland Waterways Protection Society explained the restoration work which had been undertaken by volunteers over the years. Stop-offs at Chinley Independent Chapel and the Chapel Milton viaducts concluded the visit.