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The Royal Marines

The Royal Marines

Susannah 13/11/2017 0
  The Royal Marines are the amphibious troops of the Royal Navy and one of the world’s most elite commando forces. They are held at a very high readin...
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The Royal Artillery (RA)

The Royal Artillery (RA)

Susannah 06/11/2017 0
 The Royal Artillery (RA) provides firepower to the British Army and is more commonly known as the ‘Gunners’. Regular and reserve units make up the Ro...
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The King's Troop 70th Anniversary Parade

The King's Troop 70th Anniversary Parade

Cathy 17/10/2017 0
The King’s Troop 70th Anniversary Parade is due to take place on the 19th of October 2017 in Hyde Park, London. The event celebrates 70 years since th...
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The Royal Regiment Of Scotland

The Royal Regiment Of Scotland

Rosie 16/10/2017 0
    The Royal Regiment of Scotland is the most senior and only Scottish line infantry regiment forming a core part of the British Army. The regiment c...
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Sprang Weaving

Sprang Weaving

Robin 12/10/2017 0
 Sprang is an ancient method of constructing fabric that gives it an appearance similar to netting so that it has natural elasticity. Sprang, unlike n...
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The Royal Air Force Regiment

The Royal Air Force Regiment

Susannah 05/10/2017 0
The Royal Air Force Regiment (RAF) is the ground fighting force for the Royal Air Force and provides a range of force protection. The Royal Air Force ...
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Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Sarah 28/09/2017 0
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is a civilian manned unit delivering operational and logistical support worldwide for tasks undertaken by the Royal Na...
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Foot Guards

Foot Guards

Susannah 19/09/2017 0
The Foot Guards are the Regular Infantry regiments of the Household Division of the British Army. There are five active regiments of the Foot Guards a...
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Duke of Wellington’s Regiment

Duke of Wellington’s Regiment

Melanie 14/09/2017 0
The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment was an infantry regiment in the King’s Division, formed in 1702 by Colonel George Hastings, 8th Earl of Huntingdon. ...
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Yeomen Warders

Yeomen Warders

Susannah 04/09/2017 0
Beefeaters, is the affectionate name given to what are more formally known as the Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower ...
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Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Cathy 29/08/2017 0
The Royal Hospital Chelsea is a nursing home and retirement facility for British Army veterans. The London-based Hospital is located on Royal Hospital...
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Dalton Barton World War II Letter

Dalton Barton World War II Letter

Rosie 15/08/2017 0
The Wyedean Weaving Company established itself in Haworth in 1964 as a manufacturer of narrow fabrics, braid and uniform accoutrement. The business or...
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Bespoke Wedding Cap Tallies

Bespoke Wedding Cap Tallies

Sarah 08/08/2017 0
A cap tally is a black nylon ribbon which is usually tied into a bow on the left-hand side of a Royal Navy sailor’s cap. The tally is black with a gol...
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Cocked Hats

Cocked Hats

Deb 03/08/2017 0
A bicorne, or cocked hat, is a two-cornered cocked hat which was worn during the 18th and 19th centuries and was adopted from the European and America...
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Royal Bermuda Regiment

Royal Bermuda Regiment

Robin 20/07/2017 0
Formerly known as the Bermuda Regiment, the Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR) is the home defence unit of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. Origin...
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David Wright Founder of Wyedean

David Wright Founder of Wyedean

Rosie 11/07/2017 0
Wyedean was formally founded on 7th April, 1964, by David Wright. Before starting his own business, David’s first job after leaving school was as an a...
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The Invictus Games

The Invictus Games

Sarah 10/07/2017 0
  The Invictus Games are an international multi-sport event for Paralympic athletes. The first Invictus Games took place in 2014 in London. The event ...
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HMS Queen Elizabeth is ready for Sea trials.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is ready for Sea trials.

Susannah 27/06/2017 0
As Britain’s largest ever warship,  it’s been an anxious and exciting wait for the launch of HMS Queen Elizabeth as it finally left its dockyard in Ro...
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Ranks Of The Royal Air Force (RAF)

Ranks Of The Royal Air Force (RAF)

Melanie 12/06/2017 0
The Royal Air Force (RAF) introduced officer ranks in 1919. Prior to this, Army ranks were used.  Interestingly, many ranks within the Royal Air Force...
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What is a Spur?

What is a Spur?

Susannah 08/06/2017 0
Spurs are usually worn in pairs on the heels of riding boots. Their purpose is to help direct the horse to move forward or laterally while riding. The...
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Haworth 1940s Weekend 2017

Haworth 1940s Weekend 2017

Deb 24/05/2017 0
        The annual Haworth 1940s weekend this year took place between Friday the 19th of May and Sunday the 21st of May.  This famous annual event see...
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The Rope Walk

The Rope Walk

Cathy 16/05/2017 0
While in the modern industrial era rope is manufactured on a dedicated rope-making machine, traditionally it was made using what’s called a ropewalk. ...
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Flag of the 45th Line

Flag of the 45th Line

Susannah 24/04/2017 0
Ensign Charles Ewart was a Scottish soldier of the Royal North British Dragoons and is most famous for capturing the regimental eagle of the 45th Regi...
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Lord Lieutenant

Lord Lieutenant

Rosie 19/04/2017 0
 A Lord-Lieutenant is a personal representative for the British monarch in each county of the United Kingdom. Today Lord Lieutenancy is mostly a cerem...
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HMS Ocean

HMS Ocean

Sarah 11/04/2017 0
 Did you watch the HMS Ocean documentary ‘Warship’ on Channel 4? The show captures Britain’s biggest warship as it sails to the Gulf to lead the US Na...
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Military Parade

Military Parade

Rosie 29/03/2017 0
A military parade is an organised formation of soldiers who are restricted by close-order manoeuvring marching or ‘drilling’. Up until the late 19th c...
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International Women’s Day and the Military.

International Women’s Day and the Military.

Melanie 08/03/2017 0
 International Women’s Day started in 1910 when Clara Zetkin (a famous German advocate for Women’s rights) suggested the day become an international d...
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The Royal Tank Regiment

The Royal Tank Regiment

Kevin 08/03/2017 1
The Royal Tank Regiment or RTR is the oldest tank regiment in the world. The RTR was formed as early as 1916 during the Great War by the British Army....
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Blue is the Colour

Blue is the Colour

Cathy 22/02/2017 0
The soldiers chosen to Troop the Colour, on June 17th at Horse Guards Parade, have this year been examined to check they are up to the job. The 1st Ba...
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Medal Ribbon

Medal Ribbon

Sarah 15/02/2017 0
Medals, Military Orders and Decorations are given to members of the armed forces to recognise and celebrate their personal accomplishments. Medal bars...
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Flying Scotsman on the Worth Valley Railway.

Flying Scotsman on the Worth Valley Railway.

Susannah 07/02/2017 0
The Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) in 1923. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and was to be...
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International Defence Exhibition and conference (IDEX)

International Defence Exhibition and conference (IDEX)

Melanie 30/01/2017 0
The International Defence Exhibition and Conference, or IDEX as it’s more commonly known, is the most important tri-service defence exhibition in the ...
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What is a Hackle/ Plume?

What is a Hackle/ Plume?

Susannah 18/01/2017 0
The plume/hackle is generally made from clipped chicken feathers and is worn on a military headdress purely for decorative or ornamental purposes. The...
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United Kingdom Special Air Service (SAS)

United Kingdom Special Air Service (SAS)

Richard 09/01/2017 0
   The Special Air Service (SAS) is the British Army’s most renowned United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) unit. Its motto is ‘Who Dares Wins’ and has ...
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The Parachute Regiment

The Parachute Regiment

Rosie 04/01/2017 0
The Parachute Regiment, also known as “The Paras”, is an airborne regiment of the British Army that acts as support to the United Kingdom Special Forc...
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Merry Christmas From All At Wyedean

Merry Christmas From All At Wyedean

Susannah 19/12/2016 0
     Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Wyedean. This year, instead of Christmas cards, we have made a donation to our local Keighley Air,...
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Custom Design Cap Tally

Custom Design Cap Tally

Sarah 13/12/2016 0
A Cap Tally is a black nylon ribbon which is usually tied into a bow on the left-hand side of a Royal Navy sailor’s cap. The tally is black with a gol...
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How To Wear An Aiguillette?

How To Wear An Aiguillette?

Melanie 05/12/2016 0
 An aiguillette is an ornamental braided cord, usually worn on a uniform to denote an honour. Although similar in some ways to a lanyard, the two shou...
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Why Do Troops Salute

Why Do Troops Salute

Karen 22/11/2016 0
 Salutes are primarily used in the Armed Forces to show respect. There are numerous methods for performing the salute including: hand gestures, rifle ...
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Why Do Military Regiments Have Bands?

Why Do Military Regiments Have Bands?

Susannah 15/11/2016 0
Music is an important and influential part of military life and is seen as a strong source of morale. Musicians support the regiments at ceremonial ev...
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Military Fashion

Military Fashion

Katie 08/11/2016 0
You can see a strong military influence throughout the whole of the fashion industry. This season’s jackets have a strong 18th century British and Fre...
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Remembrance Day 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

Kevin 02/11/2016 0
Britain will fall silent for two minutes to remember the end of the First World War on Friday the 11th of November. This tradition of holding a silenc...
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The Household Cavalry

The Household Cavalry

Cathy 25/10/2016 0
  The Household Cavalry (HCav) is made up of the Life Guards and the Blue and Royals - the most senior regiments of the British Army. These two regime...
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Women In The Air Force

Women In The Air Force

Susannah 19/10/2016 2
  During the First World War, members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) worked on air stations. Th...
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Women's Royal Naval Service

Women's Royal Naval Service

Rosie 12/10/2016 0
   The Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) was the first branch in the Armed Forces and Royal Navy made up solely of women and is officially known as t...
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Is Facial Hair Allowed In The Military?

Is Facial Hair Allowed In The Military?

Susannah 04/10/2016 0
Ideas about whether facial hair is allowed in the military have differed throughout the years. In the mid-19th Century, facial hair was an unusual sig...
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Women In The Military

Women In The Military

Melanie 26/09/2016 0
 Women serving in the military has always been a controversial topic. As increasing numbers of countries begin to expand the role of women in their mi...
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What Is The Official Use Of A Lanyard

What Is The Official Use Of A Lanyard

Sarah 24/08/2016 1
     A lanyard is also referred to a fourragère – and is a braided cord with a sharp spike at one end. The fourragère is a very old component of some ...
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What's the Best Looking Military Uniform?

What's the Best Looking Military Uniform?

Rosie 17/08/2016 0
 The Hussars The uniform of the Napoleonic Hussars included the pelisse: a short fur-edged jacket which was often worn slung over one shoulder in the ...
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When Is A Waist Sash Worn?

When Is A Waist Sash Worn?

Susannah 10/08/2016 0
A sash is usually a large and colourful ribbon or band of material that is worn around the body. Sashes either drape from one shoulder to the opposing...
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What Is The Purpose Of A Sword Knot?

What Is The Purpose Of A Sword Knot?

Melanie 20/07/2016 0
           The sword knot began existence as a simple cord attached to the hilt of the sword of a mounted soldier. The knot is in fact, a loop usually...
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HMS Prince of Wales

HMS Prince of Wales

Sarah 13/07/2016 0
 HMS Prince of Wales is the second ship to be constructed under the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier classification after HMS Queen Elizabeth. The pla...
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Armed Forces Day 2016

Armed Forces Day 2016

Susannah 22/06/2016 0
  This year, Armed Forces Day, formerly Veterans’ Day, will be celebrated across the UK on Saturday 25th of June. It is a chance for everyone to show ...
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HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth

Rosie 15/06/2016 0
  HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier, with HMS Prince of Wales following closely behind in 2017. A ...
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Which Narrow Fabric Will Suit My Needs?

Which Narrow Fabric Will Suit My Needs?

Sarah 08/06/2016 0
     Wyedean has manufactured narrow fabrics for over 150 years. Although its product range has grown vastly, narrow fabrics remain one of its core pr...
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Haworth 1940s Weekend

Haworth 1940s Weekend

Susannah 17/05/2016 0
 Haworth 1940s weekend is an annual celebration and continues to grow, attracting an increasing number of visitors. This famous local event proudly ra...
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Military Tunic Embellished With Fleur-De-Lis

Military Tunic Embellished With Fleur-De-Lis

Rosie 29/04/2016 0
Military Tunic The May 2016 edition of popular fashion magazine Vogue contains a feature exploring some of the Rolling Stones’ most unforgettable cost...
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BBC Drama ‘To Walk Invisible’ Brings Famous Bronte Family Back to Life

BBC Drama ‘To Walk Invisible’ Brings Famous Bronte Family Back to Life

Richard 27/04/2016 0
Penistone Hill in Haworth is perhaps the most fitting of locations for the filming of a major new BBC drama series about Haworth’s most famous literar...
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Haworth Primary Smart Board Donation

Haworth Primary Smart Board Donation

Robin 27/04/2016 0
Wyedean is hugely proud of its deep roots in Haworth, and in addition to supporting the local community by employing many people from the village, it ...
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Button Size Conversions

Button Size Conversions

Melanie 18/04/2016 0
Ligne, or line, is a unit of measurement that was used for centuries prior to the adoption of metric system, to define the diameter of buttons, watch ...
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Why Should You Visit Bronte Country, Haworth?

Why Should You Visit Bronte Country, Haworth?

Susannah 05/04/2016 0
  Wyedean has been manufacturing military uniform accessories in Haworth for over 50 years, since 1964. One of the first challenges it faced upon its ...
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The History of the Sam Browne Belt

The History of the Sam Browne Belt

Richard 24/02/2016 0
 We’ve recently added Sam Browne belts to our ceremonial uniform accessories website, which you can access here, but did you know the history behind t...
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Wyedean Charity 2016: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Wyedean Charity 2016: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Susannah 24/02/2016 0
   Every year the staff at Wyedean Weaving select a charity to support. For 2016 Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has been selected. Past fundraising eve...
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Keighley SCC Appeal For Volunteers

Keighley SCC Appeal For Volunteers

Rosie 18/02/2016 0
    Keighley Sea Cadets Corps (SCC) and The Royal Marine Cadets are appealing for volunteers. Both are local non-profit youth organisations that work ...
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Cadet Helmet - Product Development

Cadet Helmet - Product Development

Melanie 29/01/2016 4
 Wyedean has worked on various projects with the UK Army Cadets since 2012, and 2015 saw the release of the first Cadet helmet to be worn during train...
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Hand-Crafted Royal Navy Ship's Crests

Hand-Crafted Royal Navy Ship's Crests

Sarah 22/01/2016 4
 As current holders of the contract for the supply of ship’s crests to the Ministry of Defence, Wyedean is proud to announce the launch of its new onl...
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Supporting A Healthier Environment

Supporting A Healthier Environment

Ian L 10/12/2015 0
 On Saturday 14th November 2015 a team of volunteers from Wyedean gave their time to take part in a local tree planting session at Mould Grieve Farm, ...
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West Yorkshire Police Say Goodbye To The Iconic Police Hat

West Yorkshire Police Say Goodbye To The Iconic Police Hat

Melanie 12/11/2015 0
    With over 5,000 police officers, West Yorkshire has one of the largest police forces in England and it’s in this county that the traditional polic...
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Where Did The Aiguillette Come From?

Where Did The Aiguillette Come From?

Robin 09/11/2015 0
     Aiguillette is an old French word for needle or tag, and refers to the metal tag at the end of the cords. Its origin is the same as shoe laces: b...
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Remembrance Sunday 2015

Remembrance Sunday 2015

Rosie 02/11/2015 0
This year Remembrance Sunday takes place on November 8th. Remembrance Day honours heroic efforts and sacrifices that were made in past wars. This day ...
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The Military Medal Ribbon

The Military Medal Ribbon

Rosie 22/10/2015 0
          The Military Medal (MM), created by King George V in March 1916, was a way to acknowledge the acts of bravery in war which were not consider...
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The Newest Addition to Team Wyedean

The Newest Addition to Team Wyedean

Richard 01/10/2015 0
Wyedean is hugely proud to unveil the newest addition to its team, Private Parts. Designed and put together by local Haworth sculptor Craig Dyson, Pri...
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Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Longest-Reigning Monarch

Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Longest-Reigning Monarch

Rosie 08/09/2015 0
             Later today, on the 9th of September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning monarch in British history. The record for...
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Wyedean Weaving: Our Story

Wyedean Weaving: Our Story

Rosie 08/07/2015 2
Wyedean Weaving was formally founded on 7 April, 1964, by David Wright. Before starting his own business, David’s first job after leaving school was a...
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Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

Melanie 08/07/2015 0
   On Saturday 27th June, Armed Forces Day was celebrated up and down the country for men and women who served, both past and present in the armed for...
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Movies Featuring Wyedean Manufacturing

Movies Featuring Wyedean Manufacturing

Richard 01/07/2015 0
 While traditionally specialising in ceremonial regalia, it is Wyedean’s versatility and adaptability that has seen it branch out and succeed in other...
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When is the HMS Queen Elizabeth launch?

When is the HMS Queen Elizabeth launch?

Cathy 14/05/2015 0
 After floating out onto the water for the first time on the 17th July 2014, the HMS Queen Elizabeth is being built on the Rosyth Docks as we speak. A...
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Wyedean Celebrates Its Golden Jubilee

Wyedean Celebrates Its Golden Jubilee

Karen 08/04/2015 0
 The 7th of April 2014 was a momentous day for Wyedean as it celebrated its Golden Jubilee. With 50 years of manufacturing in Haworth since 1964 this ...
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Wyedean is to Appear in Every Parade

Wyedean is to Appear in Every Parade

Robin 01/03/2015 0
Wyedean's mission is ‘To appear in every parade’ a tall order for most in its trade, but this gives Wyedean plenty to work towards, particularly given...
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A Royal Visit: Princess Anne

A Royal Visit: Princess Anne

Deb 28/02/2015 0
 2014 was a big year for Wyedean as it saw it celebrating 50 years of manufacturing in Haworth. To commemorate this special occasion, Wyedean received...
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Development Manufacture Supply

Development Manufacture Supply

Robin 02/02/2015 0
Development - Manufacture - Supply. Three words that are central to Wyedean's core business practices. Wyedean is not just a supplier of goods constan...
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Why

Why "Wyedean"?

Robin 01/02/2015 0
Wyedean was previously known as Dalton Barton, the names of two Coventry ribbon weavers: Robert Dalton and George Barton, who formed a partnership in ...
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A Royal Visit: The Duke of Kent

A Royal Visit: The Duke of Kent

Deb 01/07/2014 0
 In 2001 the Duke of Kent came to visit Wyedean. It was a great honour for the company to receive a Royal Visit, which was also attended by many local...
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