Prince Charles’ Irish trip reignites Royal recollections

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We are not helping to keep HRH Prince Charles safe as he visits Ireland today to share the first meeting in the Republic of Ireland between the Sinn Féin leadership and a member of the British Royal Family.

But it got me thinking about how much Royal guarding and exposure we have had over the past three years.

Last September, The Prince of Wales hosted a cultural evening showcasing Welsh food, music and people for world leaders on the first day of the NATO Summit we secured at the Celtic Manor and Cardiff.

Just three months ago, Prince Charles visited the Lee Valley Tunnel and Abbey Mills Pumping Station in his capacity as President of Water Aid to mark the 150th anniversary of London’s sewer network.

The infrastructure is run by Thames Water, with whom we have a long-standing framework agreement, and our highest protection fencing system ArmaWeave is installed at Abbey Mills, among other Thames Water sites.

It is, of course, within a stone’s throw of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium, which was the principal venue for the London 2012 Olympics, which were opened by The Queen and for which we were the largest security fencing supplier.

More recently, our installations in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games kept Prince Charles’ two sons and The Queen’s grandsons secure as Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended events and visited volunteers.

And Princess Kate and Prince William, who is President of the FA, first came across Zaun fencing when they opened the FA Centre of Excellence, St George’s Park, at Burton-upon-Trent back in the autumn of 2012, where our perimeter fencing surrounds pitch no 2, the David Beckham pitch!

As for this latest Royal trip, The Prince of Wales has arrived in Galway at the start of a four-day visit, including a meeting with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams among other politicians, including deputy leader Martin McGuinness at the University of Galway.

Mr McGuinness previously met the Queen in 2012 in his role as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister. The handshake between Queen Elizabeth II and the former IRA commander at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast was considered historic.

A year earlier, Michael Browne, the Sinn Féin mayor of Cashel, shook hands with the Queen in County Tipperary, making him the first party member to meet British royalty.

During his own trip, Prince Charles will visit the village of Mullaghmore in County Sligo, where his great-uncle, Earl Mountbatten, was killed by an IRA bomb in 1979.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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