Royal visit to county today

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Prince Charles is due to visit a shoemaking factory in Northamptonshire today.

The heir to the throne will visit the high end shoemaker Crockett and Jones which was founded in Northampton in 1879.

Jonathan Jones, the managing director of the firm, said: “We’re delighted the Prince of Wales will visit our factory for a tour and to meet the staff.

“Everyone is looking forward to this prestigious visit.”

The Prince’s visit has been organised by MP Michael Ellis, who also led the group which decided how Parliament should celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

He said the Prince’s latest visit would help highlight the area’s prestigious shoe trade.

He said: “The Prince is currently undertaking a tour of the country to see first class manufacturing and it’s significant for the town that he has chosen to visit Northampton to see an important manufacturer here.”

During his visit to Crockett and Jones, the Prince is expected to tour the factory for about an hour and meet shoe makers working there.