Denby bicentennial marked by Princess Royal visit

Two hundred years of pottery production at the original Denby site has been marked by a visit from The Princess Royal.

Denby bicentennial marked by Princess Royal visit

After being welcomed by pupils from Denby Primary School, the Princess looked around the visitor centre Home Store before taking a tour of Derbyshire’s largest pottery to see the production processes.

Said operations director Iain Duncan, who conducted her around the factory: “The Princess was fascinated by the successful integration of new technology with traditional hand skills, such as the decoration on the new Halo tableware.”

Denby says that the former gives wider design and efficiency opportunities while the latter preserves the technique that epitomises the Denby style.

The Princess talked to many long-serving employees of the pottery, and concluded her tour in the design studio.

Unveiling a plaque commemorating her visit, the Princess said she “wished the company well for the next 200 years”.

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