My First Royal Visit: David Wedgwood
AFTER careful planning, the Royal Doulton staff were ready for their royal visitor.
But, as they patiently awaited the arrival of Princess Diana at the company's Nile Street pottery, there was a hitch.
Princess Diana visits Royal Doulton in 1984.
"It was my responsibility to pull the video together for the visit in 1984," recalls David Wedgwood, of Newcastle, who worked in the company's public relations department.
"I found a company to do it, and on the day of the visit the first shot was all set up, ready for the royal entourage.
"The crew were on the fire escape and we could hear the crowds of well-wishers cheering in the distance.
"But then, suddenly, we realised the battery had gone in the video."
Following a quick dash to the van, a battery was inserted into the video, just as the royal car came round the corner.
"My whole life flashed before me," says David, aged 67, who is now retired, "because the princess meeting the directors was the most important part of the visit we wanted to record."
Following the potential hiccup, the rest of the day went like clockwork.
"It went extremely well," says the widower, who has a son and two grandchildren, "and we made a very nice video of it.
"But I didn't get to speak to her."
Princess Diana was pregnant with Prince Harry at the time, and she stayed at the factory for about three hours.
"She had lunch with the directors," he says, "and had a go at casting a figure.
"She was also presented with some Bunnykins nursery ware, which was specially designed for the visit by our designer Walter Hayward."
David joined Royal Doulton in 1966 and stayed with the company for about 33 years.
He was also present when the Duchess of York was given a tour of the pottery.
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