When Kenneth met the Queen
An only child, Kenneth Hutton was born in Bradford in 1931 and received a scholarship to Belle Vue High School. He studied civil engineering on a scholarship at Liverpool University from 1949-52 then began working in the engineers department at the town council in Halifax. Kenneth, who was fluent in German, undertook National Service for two years from 1954 which saw him serve with the Royal Engineers in Germany, helping with reconstruction projects in the country.
The following decade then saw him take on the challenge of helping to develop the towns of Skelmersdale (west of Wigan) and Telford (in Shropshire), before he moved to Peterborough to become the chief engineer of the Development Corporation. Kenneth met the Queen and Prince Philip in May 1988 with photos taken at Lynch Wood. Kenneth’s son Adrian said he believed the photos were taken at the opening of the then head office of Norwich and Peterborough Building Society with the Queen starting a commemorative fountain there.