The recovery of a major Leeds firm that saw its premises go up in smoke has been given the royal seal of approval three years on.
Princess Anne called in on hi-tech air conditioning firm, Airedale International, during a tour of West Yorkshire today to perform the official opening of its new premises in Rawdon.
It took two years for the company - which specialises in top of the range air conditioning products for highly sensitive environments such as art galleries and data centres - to reconstruct its vast headquarters which comprises of an area the size of three football pitches.
Yesterday’s visit from the Princess Royal saw her unveil a plaque at the new premises.
Clive Parkman, Airedale’s managing director, said: “We are delighted she has been able to come. We now have a world class facility that is something the whole of the UK can be proud of.”
The Princess Royal also returned to an organisation she helped to launch 20 years ago, joining in the anniversary celebrations of Leeds Carers Centre at Leeds Civic Hall.
The Centre works with partners to provide a service for the city’s 72,000-plus unpaid carers and its chief executive, Val Hewison, said: “Carers, volunteers, councillors - she spoke to every single person and she was really pleased with what’s happening in Leeds.”
The Princess visited the £1.2m birth centre, and the labour ward, at Bradford Royal Infirmary to hear about its work in her role as patron of the Royal College of Midwives, and she called in on the West Yorkshire County Scouts Watersports Centre near Ripponden as patron of RYA Sailability, a charity which provides sailing opportunities for people with disabilities.