At 10.45am on 13 October 1883 the Duke and Duchess of Albany arrived at Huddersfield Railway Station to open Beaumont Park and were received in the First-Class Refreshment Room by the Mayor and Council members. A detachment of the Second Volunteer Battalion, West Riding Regiment provided the Guard of Honour but police officers were drafted in from nearby towns – a Halifax detachment of 45 officers and men were to arrive in St George’s Square at 9.05am, a Leeds detachment of 50 men at 9.15am, a Bradford detachment of 120 officers and men at 9.45am and a Sheffield detachment of 50 men at 9.55am. Huddersfield’s mounted police were to arrive at the Railway Station at 9.15am.
Were the authorities expecting trouble? Three pages of the Official Programme were devoted to ‘police arrangements’:
At 10am Superintendent Townend, Inspector Moore and sixty Sergeants and Constables will proceed to St George’s Square, and will keep the line of route from the principal entrance to the Railway Station to John William Street until the Royal Party and processions have passed, when they will return to the Parade Room. All others except those specially named in this order, will remain on reserve, in the charge of Inspector Galvin.Source: Visit of the Duke and Duchess of Albany, Official Programme. (West Yorkshire Archive Service, WYK1864/1).
The Royal Party arrived back in St George’s Square at 5pm.