Jubilee spirit to give kids a taste of past

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SCHOOL children in Leslie are to be presented with a souvenir to commemorate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

The town’s community council have agreed to provide Diamond Jubilee commemorative mugs, which will also feature an inscription on the reverse, to every youngster who attends the Leslie nursery and primary school.

The planting of three Copper Beech trees, one at each of the schools and a third to be positioned close to the tree on Leslie Common land that was planted back in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee are also planned.

The gestures, which are expected to cost in the region of £1,000 have been agreed community council members and around 240 children are expected to receive a memento.

Vice Chairman Brian Coyle explained: “Leslie Community Council wanted to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee in this special way and hopefully the presentation of these mugs to each child together with the planting of the three trees throughout Leslie will make it an occasion that the children will have fond memories of in years to come.

“Each of the trees will also have an inscribed plaque.”

The original 1897 celebrations included a ‘treat’ and amusements for all local children which took place on the Green.

An old folks dinner in the Town Hall was also provided by the Public Boards of the Parish and they were granted permission to plant the ‘Queen Victoria tree’ on the meadows area, where it still flourishes today.

The 1897 planting in fact served as a successful replacement for the ancient oak, known as the ‘Auld Dule tree’ eventually cut down in 1903.

The gesture has been warmly received by both schools, Primary Head Caroline Gardiner said: “We are delighted to receive these commemorative mugs and trees from the community council and want to than them for this kind donation and it will be a lasting reminder for all the children of this special event and fits in well with the celebrations planned by the school and nursery.”