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Gnosall celebrates unveiling of Prince George's bench

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 02, 2014

  • BENCHMARK...Ofifcial guests celebrate the unveiling.

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CYCLISTS and walkers on the Greenway path through Gnosall can enjoy a right royal rest thanks to the unveiling of a new bench commemorating the birth of Prince George.

The bench was unveiled to mark the Prince's first birthday by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson.

It is the only commemoration of its kind for Prince George in the Midlands, and local residents and civic leaders pulled out all the stops for its official unveiling.

The celebrations included a fly-past by a Griffin helicopter piloted by Flight Lieutenant Will Warboys of 60(R) Squadron RAF, based at Shawbury.

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Both Prince William and Prince Harry trained to fly on Griffin aircraft. Also attending the unveiling were Staffordshire police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis, the Mayor of Stafford, Councillor Ray Sutherland, leader of Stafford Borough Council Mike Heenan, Staffordshire County Council cabinet member Mark Winnington, the chairman of Gnosall Parish Council Roger Greatrex and vice chairwoman Patricia Alker.

The bench was the brainchild of Gnosall Sustrans volunteer ranger Paul Boston and was made and installed by Staffordshire County Council's countryside services.

The bench is sited on a stretch of the Stafford to Newport Greenway, part of National Cycle Network 55.

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