Royal seal of approval

The Duke of Gloucester drive the train at Steeple Grange Railway.
The Duke of Gloucester drive the train at Steeple Grange Railway.
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A HERITAGE railway and a new eco centre got the royal seal of approval during a day of celebration.

The Duke of Gloucester visited Wirksworth during a tour of the county.

SEAT OF LEARNING: Anne Oldak demonstrates chair upholstery techniques to the Duke of Gloucester as Cathy Cooke, Derbyshire Eco Centre Manager, watches on.

SEAT OF LEARNING: Anne Oldak demonstrates chair upholstery techniques to the Duke of Gloucester as Cathy Cooke, Derbyshire Eco Centre Manager, watches on.

He unveiled a commemorative plaque and viewed courses in progress at the new Derbyshire Eco Centre, in Porter Lane and called in at Steeple Grange Light Railway to open the new Sandy Lane level crossing.

Rail enthusiasts have complete a major extension to the visitor attraction, following a 25-year project.

John Woodward, of the railway, said: “The Duke took a great interest in our work and expressed enthusiasm for our project, which is to drive the line as far as Middleton-by-Wirksworth.”

The Duke also was greeted by children and staff from Middleton Primary.

On Saturday the railway is hosting a special event for St George’s Day.

From 12noon to 5pm children who bring along an England flag will get a free train ride.