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Fine cotton fit for a Princess from Tameside firm
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 @ 10:48 by Adam Higgins
Community Dukinfield News

Princess Anne has been seeing for herself the luxury quality of goods emerging from the first British mill to spin cotton in decades.

English Fine Cottons’ general manager Andy Ogden presented the Princess with a commemorative handkerchief and headscarf made from the first production from the company’s Dukinfield mill.

She was guest of honour at the recent 175th anniversary celebrations of the International Cotton Association (ICA).

The Princess opened the event in Liverpool, where the ICA was founded in 1841.

English Fine Cottons began test production of superfine luxury cotton yarn in August, using twenty-first century equipment at its Grade II listed Tower Mill.

When fully operational, English Fine Cottons will be the sole cotton spinner in Britain with the only plant in Europe producing yarn using the very latest technology, from fibre preparation to spinning and winding.

General Manager, Andy Ogden, said: “We were honoured as the ICA’s newest member to present the Princess with these gifts.

“She continued the conversation about English Fine Cottons with me after the presentation and offered her best wishes for the venture. She was very interested in the resurgence of textiles and the re-establishment of cotton spinning in the UK.”