The Princess Royal toured Teignbridge Propellers. Credit: WRPhotography

Princess Royal enjoys tour of Teignbridge Propellers during visit to open new offices

Nikki Belso

Teignbridge Propellers welcomed the Princess Royal for a tour of the foundry, factory and offices by managing director Mark Phare.

In addition to Princess Anne, a VIP party included a number of local dignitaries including Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, the High Sherriff of Devon, the chairman of Devon County Council, the chairman of Teignbridge District Council and the Mayor of Newton Abbot.

Teignbridge Propellers also hosted several customers and their wives representing UK and overseas companies.

The Princess Royal met and spoke to a number of staff during her tour, which included witnessing the pouring of a large propeller mould in the foundry and a number of CNC lathes in action.

Following the foundry, factory and office tour, the Princess Royal officially opened the new £1.1 million, 625m2 offices by unveiling a bronze plaque, which was cast in Teignbridge Propellers’ foundry and machined and engraved on one of the company’s newest CNC milling machines.

The event was watched by Teignbridge staff and adjacent local businesses.

Director and shareholder David Hunt present the Princess Royal with a small, mounted propeller as a memento of her visit.

The propeller was designed for a pilot boat and this scale model was produced for tank testing as part of the design validation process.

The Princess Royal was also presented with a bouquet of flowers by Marina Toomey, the ten-year-old granddaughter of David Hunt.

The formal ceremony was followed by champagne and canapés in the new offices for the guests and VIP’s who were joined by the office staff, directors and their wives.

In tandem, employees also enjoyed a lunch of canapés and drinks outside in the sunshine.

The new offices host the innovation and technology department, engineering, sales, purchasing, IT and HR teams, releasing space in the main factory for additional production capacity.

The addition of these new offices reflects the continual investment and growth at Teignbridge.