Duke of York to visit Magna

14 October 2014

The Duke of York will be visiting Magna this week to hand out awards to dozens of community projects.

The Duke will drop in to the tourist attraction and meet members of more than 40 community projects from across Yorkshire, as well as Magna chief executive John Silker and volunteer tour guide John Heaps.

More than 200 people are expected to attend the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award Ceremony on Thursday October 16.

John Silker said: “It is a great honour to have a royal visitor to Magna and we are all looking forward to it.

“It will also be a great pleasure to have representatives of some of Yorkshire’s finest community projects here. At Magna we want to feel part of the Yorkshire community and be involved where we can.”

Among the schemes represented at the award ceremony at Magna will be ones for carers, pensioners, and disadvantaged young people, as well as friends of parks’ groups and community associations.

The Duke said: “Some years ago I visited a housing estate in York, and saw what a real difference could be achieved by the community working together, identifying their own needs, and deciding for themselves the actions needed to find the answers to such needs.

“Today the Community Initiative which bears my name is a great success story throughout the whole of Yorkshire with over 200 first class community schemes having received my award. They have been encouraged informally to act as mentors and examples of best practice to other communities, spreading far and wide the message that often the remedy for short comings can be generated at community level.”

Attendance is by invitation only.

Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steel works near junction 34 of the M1, has space that can be hired to cater for between 30 and 3,000 people.

The Templeborough steelworks were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They remained derelict until being transformed in 2001.

As well as being a corporate venue, Magna is also an award-winning visitor attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire, and it hosts regular school trips.

Notes to editor

Unfortunately the press and public are not invited to the event.

For more information about the awards go to http://www.thedukeofyorkscommunityinitiative.org.uk/

For more information about Magna go to www.visitmagna.co.uk

Media contact at Magna, Lisa Woolhouse on 01709 723145 or at lwoolhouse@magnatrust.co.uk

Magna is housed in the giant former Templeborough steel works, which opened in 1916 and at its height employed 10,000 people. It shut in 1993 and was mothballed until its conversion to Magna in 2001. At one time the steelworks, which were a mile long, were said to be Europe’s largest. There were 14 open-hearth furnaces and 14 chimneys, which were replaced in the 1960s with electric arc furnaces. One of the arc furnaces is now a giant pyrotechnic display in the visitor centre called the Big Melt. The steelworks, which became known as Steelos, after the owners Steel, Peech and Tozer, produced up to 18 million tonnes of steel a year. Regular steel tours telling the story of Magna are led by former steel workers.

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or at kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk

Audio Clips: Magna chief executive John Silker says he is delighted to have Duke of York visit


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