PRINCE Charles’s visit to Burnley had special significance for building staff from Colne and the surrounding villages.
During a tour of the town, His Royal Highness visited the Weavers’ Triangle, the historical collection of former cotton mills, being developed by family-run firm, Dale Contractors Ltd.
Prince Charles was led around the building site by managing director Andrew Braithwaite, of Hollin Hall, Trawden, before speaking to staff.
Among those who met the future king were site manager Graham Wilson, of Langdale Rise, Colne, Andrew’s sister, the director of the company, Dawn Odgers, and his son, 18-year-old apprentice bricklayer, George.
Dawn, of Hollin Hall said: “Prince Charles was superb. He spent longer than we expected to watch the craft displays and meet our staff. Andrew told him how the business was stated by our dad in Trawden in 1979 and grew from there. He also spoke to the bricklaying apprentices about the skills they had gained while working on the Weavers’ Triangle project.”
Burnley College apprentice George added: “I was ecstatic to meet Prince Charles. He was much friendlier and chattier than I expected him to be. I told him about how much I enjoy working for my family’s company because of the huge variation in work we do. He asked me if I was going to continue studying after my apprenticeship so I told him about my plans to study a foundation degree in construction.”
The heir to the throne first visited the Weaver’s Triangle in 1988, when he say the building in a state of disrepair and encouraged the regeneration of the area.
Speaking during his recent tour of the town, he said: “I am thrilled to be back at the Weaver’s Triangle. When I was interviewed in 1988, I thought it had huge potential. It is a tragedy to have such a wasted asset. It has taken quite a long time and I am thrilled I am still alive to be here to encourage things along a bit.”