Countess of Wessex visits East Yorkshire


Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visits East Yorkshire today.

This morning, the Countess is going to Driffield Showground to open a new 800-capacity events centre.

David Tite, the Chief Executive of the Driffield Agricultural Society, explains what the centre will add to the town:

“It’s a new, fully contemporary events centre, with potential of 350 people for dinner and dance, and just shy of 800 people for theatre-style events.”

“This facility will have brand new toilets, brand new kitchens that will be able to feed up to 400 people, lots of feature lighting, and we’re looking at making it affordable for people to use as well.”

“Today, we’ll have 250 invited guests inside the hall with the Countess. She’ll be landing adjacent to the foyer. We’ve done an awful lot to make sure the building is completely fit for purpose, and extremely versatile.”

This afternoon, the Countess heads to Hull, where she’ll open Case Training’s new base in the city centre. Case is a charity that provides education and training to adults with learning difficulties. This year they are also celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Kevin Corbett, Chief Executive of CASE, said he was absolutely delighted the new building would be receiving a Royal approval:

We are all extremely pleased with the new building, it features a commercial-style kitchen, a canteen and a cafeteria which is run by trainees and serves healthy food to trainees and staff. The building has been specifically designed to help our trainees get to grips with many of the different aspects of the catering industry.”

“It is very exciting to have The Countess of Wessex along to carry out the official opening and I know everyone is looking forward to meeting her. I¹m sure she¹ll be impressed with the work we do here and will have a lot of fun meeting our trainees.”

“This is a very special year for us and we are all excited about it. As a charity we have some great support in Hull and East Yorkshire and it is down to that, and the hard work of everyone associated with CASE, that we have kept running so successfully for 30 years.”

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Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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