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On Monday 8th April The Prince of Wales will visit four locations in Cumbria.

The Prince of Wales will visit Pirelli Tyres Ltd to celebrate their 50th anniversary. His Royal Highness will tour the factory and meet some of their highly-skilled staff and apprentices.

On arrival at the factory His Royal Highness will meet dignitaries including The Italian Ambassador to the UK Raffaele Trombetta. HRH will be greeted by members of the factory staff outside the main building before viewing a small vehicle display, which will include a Ferrari Dino and a Jaguar E Type. The vehicles will all be shod with Pirelli tyres.

His Royal Highness will then attend a short briefing about the raw materials used in the production process before proceeding to a demonstration at a tyre building machine. HRH will also meet staff at the finishing department and meet staff and view a stand dedicated to Pirelli’s research and development, investment and involvement in the local community. HRH will also watch a tyre being x-rayed and learn about the quality control techniques.

Before leaving, HRH will unveil a plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary and listen to a vote of thanks from Marco Tronchetti Provera, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

The Prince of Wales will open Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam & Stories following a £20m development by Lakeland Arts. The museum tells the story of 200 years of boats, boating and boat-building in the Lake District.

On arrival at the museum HRH will be greeted by a local school performing a Windermere Folk Song. HRH will then tour the Main Exhibition Gallery meeting staff and designers along the way. In the Main Gallery, HRH will view Branksome which was built in 1896.

Branksome is the flagship of the Windermere Jetty collection and is one of the finest surviving steam launches in the world. The Prince of Wales travelled on the steam launch when he opened the Windermere Steamboat Museum in 1977 and ten years earlier Branksome had the honour of carrying The Duke of Edinbrughduring his visit in 1966.

HRH will also visit the Conservation Workshop where he will meet the conservation team including staff and volunteers and see the work they are undertaking to enable additional vessels from the nationally important collection to go on display both on and off the water. The team employs traditional boat building, engineering and boat finishing skills that it extends to the next generation through training, apprenticeship and volunteer programmes. HRH will follow this with a walk through the Boat Yard where he will see the conserved boat, MV Jane and meet the Heritage Boat Crew, Lakeland Arts.

HRH will see Edwardian Steam Launch Osprey originally built as a private pleasure boat in 1902, fully steamed and on the water.

Following the tour of the museum HRH will then join a reception in the café and on the terrace before unveiling a commemorative plaque overlooking the Lake.

The Prince of Wales will visit Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team. His Royal Highness will tour the base and meet many of their volunteers. During the visit His Royal Highness will also see a rescue demonstration.

HRH will visit the Control Room where he will learn about the mapping software that has been developed to aid mountain rescue. MrMap is a GPS tracking system, which takes data transmitted via a team member’s portable radio and feeds it back to mapping software at a team base or control vehicle. It has proved vital in both incident management and in enhancing the safety of team members on rescues.

SARCALL is a web based incident logging system, developed by John Hulse who is a volunteer with Llanberis MRT and part of North Wales Mountain Rescue Organisation and his work is indicative of the collaboration that takes place among MRT volunteers to improve the service across the UK. The system is now in widespread use across the UK.

HRH will inspect the fleet of vehicles, two first response vehicles, the ambulance and personnel carrier. HRH will also meet the rescue search dog.

HRH will then watch a trauma rescue scenario with a group of volunteers assisting with the ‘rescue’.

HRH will then view the Medical Training Room to view a demonstration of their treatment of hypothermia, including a CPR demonstration and meet the medical team members. He will also meet a member of the public who was rescued by the mountain rescue team. HRH will then join a reception, where he will meet members and trustees of L.A.M.R.T, fundraisers and officers from Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

The Prince of Wales will visit the Hawkshead Relish Company production facility during their 20th anniversary year. The company produce award winning artisan preserves, relishes and chutneys, many of which are made to traditional Cumberland and Westmorland recipes.

During the visit HRH will undertake a tour of the successful family business run by Mark and Marie Whitehead. HRH will visit the company’s factory which is housed in a sixteenth century barn. HRH will visit the development kitchen before stopping at the showroom area where the company’s 120 products will be on display.

HRH will then tour the production kitchen where they will be preparing and cooking herbs for batches of product. During the tour HRH will meet some of its staff, observe them preparing produce and sample some of the finished product they create.

HRH will then go onto the warehouse where he will be shown the warehousing and distribution process.

HRH will then join a recitation before unveiling a plaque to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company.

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