Today is a proud day for Lynemouth as HRH The Earl of Wessex has visited the village to hear about the achievements of local organisations and enterprises.
During his trip to Northumberland, Prince Edward went to Lynemouth Resource Centre to speak with the trustees of Lynemouth Community Development Trust.
He was escorted by trust manager Andrew Gooding, who leads on the enterprises within the centre, and Mr Gooding introduced him to the staff of Kenspeckle and those involved with WEAVE.
The Kenspeckle business – the name is taken from a Northumbrian word meaning ‘distinctive’ – was set up six years ago and now markets its home-made chocolates and fudges through local outlets as well as farmers’ markets.
Last year, it was offered the chance to sell its tempting produce in Selfridges – where one of the company’s biggest sellers is now edible ‘Coal’ made from cinder toffee dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sugary back ‘coal dust’.
WEAVE is a project set up to utilise the sewing skills of former ‘rag trade’ factory workers. It is supplying goods for world famous toy store brand Hamleys after a trade contract was secured.
Already, they have made clothing including toy soldier uniforms, doll-like dresses and racing overalls for staff not just working in London’s Regent Street but in other Hamleys across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Another group to speak with Prince Edward was the staff at Lynemouth Coast Carvery. Now run by Lynemouth Day Centre, it has benefited from the trust securing catering and serving equipment from the canteen at the former Alcan smelter at no cost.
He met representatives from Isos Housing and the Big Local steering group that is working on various projects to improve and enhance what is available in the villages of Cresswell, Ellington, Linton and Lynemouth (CELL).
The Earl of Wessex also said hello to children from the Northumberland Church of England Academy’s William Leech Campus in Lynemouth who were stationed outside the resource centre.
Lynemouth Community Development Trust chairman Bill Tarbit said: “It was great that we were able to show Prince Edward just what we are achieving here at Lynemouth.”