The Duke of Edinburgh is due to visit the Isle of Wight for a second time this summer, when he travels to Cowes for its famous regatta next week.
His Royal Highness will carry out a number of engagements in Newport on Monday 13 August, including a visit to The County Club in St James’ Square and a tour of AJ Wells and Sons’ factory and studio on the outskirts of the town.
The Duke of Edinburgh will meet members of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry at a private luncheon at the County Club, who will talk about the Island’s business community and Young Chamber.
Before his departure, His Royal Highness will be offered the opportunity to view the Chamber’s mobile health unit which will be parked in St James’ Square.
His Royal Highness will then travel to AJ Wells and Sons which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. He will be given a tour of the factory where their Charnwood stoves and vitreous enamel signage are manufactured. He will be introduced to staff, apprentices and members of the Wells family involved in the business.
The Duke of Edinburgh will be invited to unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit and presented with a bottle of ‘slow burner’ ale, produced locally to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
Director Hugh Wells says he's honoured to show the Duke around.
'We're very privileged to have the Duke coming to see us', he told Isle of Wight Radio.
'It's good to show the Island at its best. We've got some great businesses here and we can celebrate the great people we work with here.
'To have the Duke here in our fourtieth anniversary is a privilege'.
It will be the second trip to the Island in a month for the Duke; he visited Cowes with the Queen at the end of July on the last leg of her Diamond Jubilee tour.
You can listen to a full interview with AJ Wells Director by clicking above.