HRH Princess Anne recently visited Walsall to celebrate the Black Country’s illustrious saddle making heritage.
The history and role of Walsall’s saddle making companies should not be understated. Whitehouse Cox alone has been running since 1875, even playing a part in both world wars by supplying the British Army with leather bits.
The role of Whitehouse Cox and its counterparts in Walsall continues to this day, providing important jobs and growth across the Black Country.
So it was a great honour for all concerned to welcome HRH Princess Anne to the town recently and Whitehouse Cox Director Stephen Cox had the pleasure of meeting the princess in person.
The Princess Royal is Perpetual Master to the Worshipful Company of Saddlers and it was in that capacity that she was visiting Walsall to visit saddlery companies and support the leather industries of Walsall.
Speaking before an assembled audience including saddlery and leather goods bosses, Princess Anne said –
“As Perpetual Master of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers part of our role is to support and ‘Champion British Saddlery’, so today has been particularly useful in learning what the challenges and opportunities are.
There is no doubt in my mind that all are extremely ‘Proud of Walsall’ and the role that the town has played in these industries in the past, and still does today.
This ‘Celebration’ of your products in the Hub has served to underscore the ambition you all have and the success you enjoy.”
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