When Prince Louis appeared on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital in London in was a moment screened across the world – and he was wrapped in a shawl made by Chilwell firm GH Hurt & Son.
The company was immediately catapulted into the world’s spotlight, but they are used to this attention as they had previously made shawls for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
To mark the occasion, the company welcomed Nottinghamshire County Council leader Kay Cutts and the council chairman John Handley and his wife Margaret for a tour of their factory.
The family-run business, based in High Road since 1912, houses a collection of vintage hand frame machines working alongside the most modern knitting technology.
As well as baby shawls, the company designs and manufactures ladies shawls and scarves, christening shawls and a variety of heritage knitted lace products celebrating over 400 years of this proud British industry.
Councillor Cutts, who is pictured looking closely at the shawls designed for the three royal babies, said it was a great honour to have a company on the doorstep that had such a worldwide reputation.
She said: “The people who work for GH Hurt can be rightly proud of the products they produce.
“During my visit I was struck by how dedicated and enthusiastic each and every employee was about their role here.
“The company has put a small piece of Nottinghamshire’s heritage front and centre on the world stage and I congratulate them for that.”
GH Hurt director Gillian Taylor, who is fourth generation of the family-run business,, said that the comapny had seen orders increase significantly since Louis’ birth.
Gillian added: “We feel very honoured that we have been chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to provide the shawls for their children’s first high-profile appearance.
“The Nottingham lce knitted baby shawl for Prince Louis is now being exported across the world, which is great for our business and for Nottinghamshire as a whole.”
Pictured at the factory in High Road are councillor Cutts, councillor Handley and his wife Margaret with Ann Tomlinson (left) and Sam Rowland who work in the quality control department.