Natalia steams in for Ro­tary ban­ner

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Tow­ers School pupil Natalia Gar­dener used her art skills to win a com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign a new Ro­tary ban­ner for the Ash­ford club.

Ban­ners are tra­di­tion­ally ex­changed when Ro­tar­i­ans visit other clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions right across the world and of­ten give a flavour of the club’s home town.

Ash­ford’s rail­way her­itage is de­picted on the new ban­ner in the form of a steam lo­co­mo­tive built in Ash­ford and now on dis­play in the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum in York.

It is the South Eastern and Chatham Rail­way Class D 4-4-0 num­ber 737, de­signed by H S Wain­right in Ash­ford in 1901 and with­drawn from pub­lic use in 1956.

Club pres­i­dent Steve Parkin pre­sented sam­ples of the fin­ished ban­ners to Natalia and Tow­ers prin­ci­pal Richard Billings.

Mr Parkin said: “There is so much tal­ent in our lo­cal schools, it is a plea­sure to be able to pub­li­cise some of it lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.”

Natalia Gar­dener from the Tow­ers School and Ash­ford Ro­tary Pres­i­dent Steve Parkin

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