York Potash is once again giving its full backing to Scarborough Engineering Week.
The firm is sponsoring the event for the third year running.
This year the Queen’s cousin is to be the guest of honour at the engineering Week.
Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, will be helicoptered into the event at The Spa on Tuesday, October 15 to meet some of the businesses taking part and also to mingle with the young students who will be taking in the spectacle.
It will be the town’s first royal visit since The Queen opened the newly refurbished open air theatre in May 2010.
Organisers of the Scarborough Engineering Week are promising that this year will be the biggest yet, with more than 2,000 children from every school in the town taking part in the showcase, which runs from October 14 to 16.
It will give them the chance to see cutting edge technology and gain an insight into local businesses where, it is hoped, some of them may end up working one day.
Peter Wilkinson, from the Scarborough Business Ambassadors, which coordinates the week, said the growth in the event had been staggering.
He said: “This is our fourth year of running the event and it has grown from 400 children in the first year to more than 2,000 now, which has put us at capacity for how many people we can accommodate over the week.
“The exhibits we have got are there to inspire the children and to blow their mind really. The companies taking part are world leaders in what they do and it is really important to
get that across to the young people.
“There will be apprenticeships on offer as well, showing the children that they can really go places in engineering.”
Mr Wilkinson added that he was delighted that The Duke of Gloucester would be attending the event.
“He is being brought in to Oliver’s Mount by the Royal Helicopter Squadron and we are delighted that he will be coming to support Engineering Week.”