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08/07/2013

8th July - Dodson and Horrell takes part in Coronation Festival for Royal Warrant Holders

The Gardens at BUCKINGHAM PALACE will be the venue for a one-off event this week for holders of Royal Warrants to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.

Dodson & Horrell Limited, based in Islip near Kettering, will be taking part in the four-day celebration between the 11th and 14th July 2013.

The Coronation Festival will celebrate innovation, excellence and industry showcasing the broad range of fine brands, including Dodson & Horrell, which have earned the recognition of a Royal Warrant over the years.

Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales. Warrants have always been regarded as hallmarks of quality, excellence and service.

Dodson & Horrell was awarded its Royal Warrant in 1985 as Horse Feed Manufacturers and in 2006 a Royal Warrant was granted to another of the company’s brands, Chudleys Dog Food. Its prestigious Royal appointment now sees Dodson & Horrell join over 200 Royal Warrant Holders at this unique event.

Samuel Horrell, Marketing Director of Dodson & Horrell, said: “The company, as a proud Royal Warrant holder, is delighted to be part of The Coronation Festival.

“It will provide us with a great platform to showcase our leading horse feed, which fed over 500 horses during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and is supplied on an ongoing basis to Equestrian Team GBR, as well as our renowned dog food brand.”

 Speaking at the launch Richard Peck, Secretary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association commented:

“The event will give the British public the opportunity to see the extraordinary quality and variety of skills, craftsmanship and innovation produced by companies here in Britain, presented to the world in a unique showcase.”

The Coronation Festival will be split into four specific showcase areas: Design and Technology; Food and Drink; Style Pursuits and Pastimes; Homes and Gardens.

There will also be a section for The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, which helps financially disadvantaged, experienced crafts people to further their skills through the funding of further education and training.

The Festival will be open to members of the public from Friday, 12th to Sunday, 14th July. There will be a Royal Preview on Thursday, 11th July for invited guests, including Members of the Royal Family, charities, patronages, media, armed forces, inward investors and overseas trade missions, and guests of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the Royal Household.

In the evening, the Gardens, with Buckingham Palace as the back-drop, will host a magnificent performance of music and dance. The Coronation Gala will celebrate cultural life during the reign of Her Majesty, showcasing the achievements and personality of this extraordinary age. The performances will chime with the themes of the Festival - tradition, excellence and innovation - featuring a range of superb home-grown UK talent with a focus on youth, as well as talent from across the Commonwealth - a unique, energetic and entertaining show for this very special celebration.

The Coronation Festival’s main event partners will be: GlaxoSmithKline, Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover, who will each partner one of the three Gala evenings.

• Jaguar Land Rover Thursday 11th July Royal Preview

• GlaxoSmithKline Friday 12th July

• Bentley Saturday 13th July

60,000 visitors will be able to come to Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival.

The Coronation Festival will open its doors to members of the public from Friday, 12th July – Sunday 14th July 2013 at 9.30am – 4.00pm, and then again for the evening and Gala on the Friday and Saturday from 5.30pm – 9.30pm. For further information on the Festival and to book tickets, go to www.coronationfestival.com

See coverage in Horse Talk and Pet Business World.