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Royal visit to see flood damag

02 July 2007

Royal visitor tours flood clean-up at Forgemasters

Prince Charles visited Sheffield Forgemasters to meet steelworkers and tour the recovery clean up at the Brightside Lane HQ. 

The Prince of Wales met dozens of staff at the Forgemasters base which was deluged with water when the banks of the River Don burst last week. 

The royal visitor promised bosses at the 200-year-old company, which resumed melting processes this morning and hopes to back to almost normal production by next week, that he would be lobbying for better flood defences in South Yorkshire .

He pledged to use his influence to boost defences on the River Don to lessen the risk of future floods.

During his visit he met chief executive Graham Honeyman and company director Peter Birtles, who were among the 30 staff trapped overnight in the site offices as the floods reached their peak, and staff who helped out that night and in the clean up operation.

They included machine driver Kevin Marshall from Harworth, Jason Manley from Wickersley and Anthony Bunclarke from Greasborough who all helped lift people to safety using a loading shovel and a hydraulic access platform on site.

Prince Charles saw at first hand how the cleanup and repair programme was proceeding well and ahead of the company's most optimistic schedules thanks to the hard work and of the workforce and the understanding of its customers.