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Charles given James Bond shoes for Harry and William

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Prince Charles picked up two pairs of ‘James Bond shoes’ for Princes Harry and William during his visit to Northampton.

The Prince spent over an hour touring the Crockett and Jones shoe factory in Perry Street close to the town centre.

During his visit, he was presented with two pairs of £330 shoes which were designed for Daniel Craig to wear in the film Skyfall.

Crockett and Jones managing director, Jonathan Jones, presented the Prince with the gift for his two sons.

He said: “The Prince thought it was a very nice idea to take the shoes for the Princes.

“It was also nice that he stopped to talk to so many people in the factory during his tour, they really enjoyed that.”

Among the employees the Prince spoke to was Moulton resident, John Harris, who has worked at Crockett and Jones for 48 years.

He said: “The Prince was amazed I’ve worked here so long, but he seemed very impressed with the factory and what we do.

“It was just lovely to meet him.”

The heir to the throne arrived at Northampton railway station at around 1.45pm.

He was greeted by Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, Lady Juliet Townsend, along with the High Sheriff, John Townsend, and Adrian Lee, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police.

Outside the shoe factory, children from primary schools, including Cedar Road and Stimpson Avenue and local residents lined Perry Street to catch a glimpse of the Prince.

He spoke to Denise Campbell, who runs nearby St Michael’s Tot’s Group. She said: “Prince Charles said hello and asked if we were all here getting cold. I said it was exciting and fun and we were waiting for Prince Charming,”

The Prince also introduced himself to Eugeina Boatenj and her six-month-old son Austin. She said: “He asked what my son’s name was and he patted his head.”

Stimpson Avenue schoolchildren, Anna Galliano and Hannah Loryman, said Prince Charles asked them how school was and if they had good teachers, while he shook their hands.

The Prince last visited Northampton in 2007, when he toured the new village of Upton, which he personally helped to design.

His latest visit was organised by the Conservative MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis.

He said the Prince’s visit would help highlight the prestigious shoe trade in Northampton.

He said: “The Prince is currently undertaking a tour of the country to see first class manufacturing and it’s significant for the town that he has chosen to visit Northampton to see an important manufacturer here.”

Crockett and Jones has been based in Northampton since it was founded in 1879.

Much of the factory still looks as it did when it was first built.

The manufacturing process of the firm’s top-class shoes remains very labour-intensive with the workforce carrying out more than 200 separate operations to make each pair of shoes.

About 70 per cent of the firm’s output is now sold overseas.

Prince Charles visited Northampton in 2006 with his then new wife, the Duchess of Cornwall.

He also came in 2002 when he visited All Saints Church and in 2000, when he was accompanied by a then 15-year-old Prince Harry.

 

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