Royal accolade for chandelier firm

ANY mention of moving chandeliers and thoughts are likely to turn to the Only Fools and Horses episode in which Del, Rodney and Grandad demonstrated how not to do it.

ANY mention of moving chandeliers and thoughts are likely to turn to the Only Fools and Horses episode in which Del, Rodney and Grandad demonstrated how not to do it.

But one Suffolk company now has the ultimate proof that it can do the job properly - in the form of a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen.

SLS Systems, part of the AIM group which is based at Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, has received the royal stamp of approval for its work at Windsor Castle over the past 10 years.

The company is responsible for the upkeep of the winch systems and safety wires which raise and lower the magnificent chandeliers at the castle, plus the safety testing of the hanging bolts throughout the historic building.


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When Prince William planned his 21st birthday celebrations at the castle, SLS was also called in to test the safety of all the points at which party festoons were to be suspended.

Besides Windsor Castle, SLS also regularly carries as work at other prestige locations such as Frogmore House, the Royal Lodge and the Palace of Westminster. Another established client Harrods, with the company responsible for safety testing some 2,000 suspension points around the famous Knightsbridge store.

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Brian Trust, technical director at SLS and part of the team which regularly works on these prestigious projects, said: “Most of our business has come from personal recommendation. We initially worked with the MoD and as the officers moved around the country so did their calls to us to do some lifting or testing.”

More recently, SLS has added another string to its bow in the form of access equipment, required for maintaining the façades of high-rise buidings.

Paul Rooksby, managing director of the AIM group, said: “All our clients, royal or otherwise, are important to us but it's especially pleasing to have this prestigious title awarded to SLS, and it's testament to the hard work and high standards continually achieved by all the team.”

n The famous chandelier scene in Only Fools and Horses featured in the final episode of series two, named A Touch of Glass, which was first screened in December 1982. With Del and Rodney (David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst) holding a sheet to take the weight of the chandelier due for cleaning, Grandad (the late Lennard Pearce) mistakenly released the fastenings of another one in the room next door…

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