TWO HIGH Peak companies which make a valuable contribution to the local and national economy have been visited by Derbyshire’s High Sheriff.
Alan Woods and his wife Sheila were joined by local dignitaries including Chairman of Derbyshire County Council Cllr George Wharmby and his wife Cllr Jean Wharmby on the visits to Leander Architectural Ltd in Dove Holes and Street Crane Company Ltd in Chapel-en-le-Frith last week.
Chapel-en-le-Frith resident Edmund Bradbury, who arranged the visit, said: “The High Sheriff had expressed his wish to see as many aspects of Derbyshire life during his year in office, and we have plenty to show him here and so were happy to oblige.”
The visit commenced at Leander, where the party were given a tour of the family-run business by directors Ted and Sue McEvoy.
The dignitaries greeted members of staff and viewed some of the work in progress, which included plaques and various items for authorities and UK organisations.
Among these were bronze plaques which will form a memorial to those who died in the Bethnal Green tube station disaster during World War Two, and matrixes which formed the basis for a bronze plaque commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat and presented to the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
This was followed by a visit to world-leader Street, where the visitors met company chairman Martin Street, managing director Andrew Pimblett and various members of staff during a tour of the Sheffield Road facility’s design and manufacturing set-up.
Of particular interest was the design which had been prepared by the overhead crane manufacturer for the roof of Centre Court at Wimbledon.
The visit concluded with a buffet lunch at the New Inn and a visit to Eccles Pike.
Mr Bradbury added: “Both the High Sheriff and the Chairman of Derbyshire County Council were most impressed by the work being undertaken at both of these companies.”
Accompanying the High Sheriff and Chairman of Derbyshire County Council on the visit were High Peak borough councillors Derek Udale and Jim Perkins, and Chapel-en-le-Frith parish councillor Nigel Bradbury.