The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, was delighted to welcome HRH The Earl of Wessex to Lisburn today.
HRH, as Royal Colonel, firstly visited the 2nd Bn The Rifles, at Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn.
The Lord-Lieutenant then received HRH afterwards at Lisburn City Church Community Trust, 1 Graham Gardens, to recognise their efforts during COVID-19.
HRH then visited Unicorn Group, The Green, Riverbank, Tullynacross Road, Lisburn. Unicorn Group, which manufactures a range of washroom products, medical bins for hospitals and floor tiles, welcomed HRH The Earl of Wessex to its Lambeg headquarters today where it has ramped up production of its Pursan alcohol hand cleansing product in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The visit saw HRH tour the factory and learn about the manufacturing process behind the company’s flagship product as well as discovering the other elements of the market that Unicorn Group has successfully developed over its history.
Established over 20 years ago, Unicorn Group employs more than 80 staff and exports its extensive portfolio of products including hand and surface hygiene range, washroom products, medical and recycling bins, vending machines and floor tiles globally.
A surge in demand for hand cleanser during the current pandemic has seen the firm increase production of its Pursan product range, primarily its 70% alcohol hand cleanser.
Speaking about the visit, Roger Pannell, CEO of Unicorn Group said: “It was an honour to meet HRH The Earl of Wessex and show him round the facility. It was the perfect antidote to the pressures and uncertainty that have come hand in hand with this pandemic.
“Our staff have worked tirelessly over the past six months to ensure our increased demand is met, against a backdrop of challenges that have left no business or home untouched. Their commitment across the Group has been a huge help during this difficult time. Being able to showcase their efforts to HRH The Earl of Wessex was a moment of pride and gratitude for Unicorn Group.
HRH completed the day with an engagement in County Down.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, was delighted to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to County Antrim today. The Lord-Lieutenant greeted HRH in Mallusk, Newtownabbey, on his arrival to see Henderson Foodservices, where he learned about some of the fantastic work that has been undertaken during COVID-19.
The visit was part of a day trip to Northern Ireland by TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. TRHs also undertook engagements in Belfast and at Hillsborough Castle.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, as Patron of the Butler Trust, this afternoon visited HM Prison Maghaberry, in Lisburn, County Antrim, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell. This was the first royal visit to County Antrim of the new decade.
In her role as Patron of the Butler Trust, HRH toured Davis House, a new £54 million state of the art facility incorporating 372 cells, where she spoke to staff, listening to their experiences and how they support people to change.
For further information, please view the Belfast Telegraph article on the visit by clicking here.
HRH The Earl of Wessex had two engagements in County Antrim on Thursday 10th October and he was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell.
As Royal Colonel, he visited 2nd Battalion The Rifles at Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn and afterwards, as a Trustee The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the Belfast Activity Centre, the Stable Yard, Barnett Demense.
Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portrush, County Antrim hosted the 148th Open Championship in July 2019. It was the first time The Open had returned to County Antrim and Northern Ireland since 1951.
HRH the Duke of York attended the Championship as past Captain of the R&A and was greeted by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, which was his first Royal Visit since taking over as Lord-Lieutenant from Mrs Joan Christie, CVO, OBE.
The title of the Champion Golfer of the Year for 2019 was appropriately won by Irishman Shane Lowry.
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