Two organisations are preparing to welcome a Royal visitor on Tuesday.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester has been invited to open a new building at the Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre, Cropton, and join in the 40th anniversary celebrations of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
It will be the second time the Duke of Gloucester has made the trip to the railway, following his visit in 2011 when he unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of a £1.7 million project to restore the roof and build a new visitor centre.
This visit comes 40 years since the Duchess of Kent officially opened the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on May 1, 1973, and will also honour the railway’s army of volunteers who are considered vital to its success.
Philip Benham, the railway’s general manager, said: “We are delighted to have him back again and we hope he enjoys his visit as much this time as he did the last time.
“It will be the second time he will have been to the railway and one must assume he must have been impressed by what he saw to come again.”
We will have a simple ceremony celebrating the fact the railway has run for 40 years and recognising our volunteers, many of whom have kept with the railway all this time.”
As part of the plans, His Royal Highness will enjoy a trip on the railway and look at some of the ongoing projects currently being undertaken at the station in Pickering.
The Duke of Gloucester, who will be accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, will remain in the Pickering area when he travels to the Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre.
Based in Cropton Forest, the converted 19th century farmhouse offers courses to disadvantaged, disaffected and special needs groups, among others.
It now boasts a new eco-friendly extension at the centre which will add more than 30 residential places to the accommodation and where children can learn about farming, nutrition and cooking healthy food in the best environment.
The Duke of Gloucester has been invited to open the news extension which has been funded by the Big Lottery Local Food Project.
Ian Thorpe, the centre manager, said: “The new extension to the centre is fantastic, it will make such a difference to the work we do and the groups of people who benefit from coming here.
“We’re also very thrilled to have a Royal visitor to help us mark the occasion.”