IQ president Phil Redmond presented the honorary title to the Duke at his Chatsworth home in Derbyshire, on behalf of all IQ members. The award reflects the Duke’s overall support for the quarrying sector and his role in extraction from quarries that are worked throughout Derbyshire.

In accepting his FIQ, the Duke said: “It is an absolute honour to receive this award. My family has been involved in the extractive sector for generations, working various minerals and providing valuable employment to local people. Indeed, the stone used to build this beautiful home house was extracted from Burntwood Quarry, just down the road from Chatsworth at Beeley.  It’s the same stone that was also used to great effect in the IQ Quarry Garden last year at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

“We were given permission to reopen the quarry so that we could undertake a major programme of restoration on the house, which has taken 10 years to complete. It has involved stone masons and craftspeople all working tirelessly to bring the house back to its original glory.”

IQ president Phil Redmond adds: “The Duke of Devonshire is a keen supporter of our sector. He has been a valued partner in recent years, with his role as IQ Patron in our centenary year and his enthusiasm for the Quarry Garden hugely appreciated by all members of IQ. It was a personal privilege to present him with his honorary FIQ against the stunning backdrop of Chatsworth today.

“Every visitor to this wonderful house is an indirect beneficiary of what our invaluable industry does day in, day out, providing raw materials that make people’s lives better.”

A short film of the Duke of Devonshire receiving his honorary FIQ will be shown at the Fellows Lunch at the Tower of London on Friday 26th October.

-ENDS-

The Institute of Quarrying

Celebrating 100 years of professionalism

The Institute of Quarrying (http://www.quarrying.org) is the international professional body for quarrying, construction materials and the related extractive and processing industries, with over 6,000 members in some 50 countries of the world. Membership is open to individuals, rather than companies, and the Institute's long-term objective is to promote progressive improvements in all aspects of operational performance through the medium of education and training.

The Institute believes education and training is a lifelong opportunity which should be viewed in the broadest terms, starting with initial qualifications gained at college, university or through distance learning programmes. This is followed by continuing professional development through attendance at conferences, seminars, training courses, competence assessment schemes, workshops, technical meetings, site visits and the updating of knowledge by reading the Institute's journals, technical and management papers and handbooks.

For further information, please contact Dave Tebbutt at the Institute of Quarrying (Dave.Tebbutt@quarrying.org).

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