The visit has been secured by Northampton North MP Michael Ellis who is delighted at the prospect. Full details of the visit have not yet been released from Clarence House but are expected to consist of a tour of the shoe making factory and a walkabout afterwards to meet well wishers who will attend.
Crockett & Jones have been making shoes from their Perry Street factory since 1897 having moved there from smaller premises which were established in 1879 and are renowned for their quality products and workmanship. James Crockett & Charles Jones expanded the business into the new factory, which was designated a Grade II Listed Building in 2004 and was the first all steel structured building in Northampton.
Royal patronage for the Northampton firm first happened in 1924 when the then Duke Of York, who later became King George VI, visited the factory and drew large crowds to the area.
Today the firm thrives on exports with many visitors from the Far East and the rest of the world contributing to over 70% of it’s total sales.