King’s Color gets the final touches for the Haworth manufacturer’s 60th anniversary

Wyedean Susannah Walbank with her father Robin Wright outside the recently renovated mill

HAS Manufacturer Haworth is completing the regimental King’s Color next week (April 8) to mark its 60th anniversary.

Invited guests will have the unique opportunity to see a fourth generation family business complete the intricate embroidery of the Irish Guards Regimental Color (Flag) alongside the Royal Regimental Color which has been selected to be flown (carried out) on the King’s Birthday Parade, Trooping the Color on 15th June.

In 2023, military equipment manufacturer Wyedean Weaving was awarded a contract to produce new regimental flags for the British Armed Forces ahead of the coronation of King Charles III.

A seven-year, £5 million contract to replace all British Armed Forces standards and colors (the military flag) with royal insignia and the Tudor crown has helped support the company’s recent £300,000 renovation investment to future-proof its 150-year-old Haworth building mill, listed II. degrees.

On Monday 8 April, four generations of the Wright family will celebrate Wyedean’s Diamond Jubilee with invited guests and guest of honour, the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Ed Anderson CBE. The event includes a special recognition for Norma Wright, Wyedean’s 99-year-old chairwoman.

Chief executive Robin Wright said: “60 years ago my parents set up shop here in Haworth with a start-up business. Since then Wyedean has employed over 1,000 people and many local family members have worked here for two to three generations.

“After sixty years we are Haworth’s oldest employer as well as one of its largest and we wanted to hold a celebratory event to thank our team and our customers and showcase our recent refurbishment alongside celebratory jewelery for HMS and His Horse. that we create every day. We are also offering a unique opportunity to see our team’s hand embroidery on regimental colors and standards ahead of the King’s Birthday Parade in June.”

Wyedean was founded as a manufacturer of braid and military uniform accessories in Haworth in 1964 by David Wright, who ran the business with his father, Frank Wright, a former textile machinery designer who was awarded an MBE in recognition of his invention of a new yarn spinning technique. so-called centrifugal spinning.

Wyedean’s Bridgehouse Mill was among the first water-powered textile mills on the River Worth 1 and was pivotal in Haworth’s role in the industrialization of the textile industry. Wyedean continues to be chaired by David’s wife Norma, 99, her son and chief executive Robin, his wife and sales director Debra and daughters business development director Rosie and systems director Susannah Walbank.

Robin added: “Our Diamond Jubilee is a very proud moment for our whole family, our team and our village, whose rich heritage is a fitting backdrop to the historic and ground-breaking production that takes place behind our mill walls every day of the week.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the journey we’ve come and the exciting future ahead as we continue to bring our Yorkshire expertise to the creation of royal and military jewelery that forms part of our nation’s oldest ceremonies and traditions.”

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