The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester along with the Greater Manchester Lord Lieutenants Office have helped Stockport Lads Club arrange a Royal visit to help mark their 130th Anniversary celebrations.

On Wednesday 8th May, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester visited the club and acknowledged the wonderful and long service that the club have given to the young people of Stockport.

The Duke of Gloucester was in the area and had visited two other charities in Salford before arriving at Stockport. He then departed in dramatic style, with the Royal helicopter landing on the club’s fields to transport him back to London.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester with Colin Hall, Tom Smith and Kate Harrison
His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester with Colin Hall, right (Club Chairman)
and Tom Smith from AB Group and Kate Harrison of Lane End New Beginnings,
both of whom have helped refurbish the club’s new Boxing Gym.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester
HRH The Duke of Gloucester unveils a
plaque to commemorate his visit
to the club.

Many guests attended the special day including the Mayor of Stockport, Committee members, club volunteers and supporters, along with 30 children from a nearby school.

Club Chairman, Colin Hall, escorted the Duke around the club and he was able to get an idea of the activities that go on everyday of the week. He also got a taste of the club’s history with a display of photos dating back beyond the Great War and also caught sight of the last time he was at the club when they were celebrating their centenary.

It was a great day, that marks a great achievement for the club and is the first of a number of 130th Anniversary Events.