The penny drops at Letham Primary

The Letham schoolchildren with their prized coins.
The Letham schoolchildren with their prized coins.

FAMILY-RUN Penny Press Factory - one of only six manufacturers worldwide of Penny Presses - worked closely with Letham Primary School over several weeks on a Penny Press enterprise project, which involved pupils aged from five to 12 developing their own pennies and understanding running a business.

This included sessions on how a penny press worked, how it has been developed, what kind of customers use them and what makes a good design. Working in groups, pupils came up with a design which was then presented to a judging panel and four of the best designs were produced.

Some of the pupils who took part are pictured with, from left, Ian MacAulay headteacher; John Mcfarlane and Lucinda McAllister, Fife Council Employability & Skills; John Fleming, Penny Press; Pamela Stevenson, Fife Council Economic Development, and Alan Fleming of Penny Press.

Based at Cupar Trading Estate, Penny Press Factory produces machines that squash pennies between two rollers to imprint a design on a coin.