Mayor’s spe­cial farewell gift for school leavers

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

CHIL­DREN across the town were given a spe­cial present to celebrate the end of their school year.

The year six pupils from Pott Shrigley, St John’s, Bolling­ton Cross and St Gre­gory’s Pri­mary School were each pre­sented with a bi­ble as part of the town’s an­nual tra­di­tion.

The ar­range­ment be­gan in 1974 when the Old Sun­day School, which had been school­ing chil­dren since 1861, was de­mol­ished to make room for the new Li­brary and Civic Hall.

A trust set up to make use of the money made from the sale of the build­ing com­mit­ted to buy ev­ery sin­gle pri­mary school pupil a bi­ble when they leave pri­mary school.

The trust also funds the swimming tu­ition feeds, li­brary and com­put­ers.

Coun An­gela Wil­liams, who is the mayor of Bolling­ton, pre­sented the bi­bles at a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Civic Hall, where Rev Mar­ion Tug­wood talked to the chil­dren about go­ing on to high school and the en­joy­ment they can get from read­ing its lessons.

Coun Wil­liams, who was a pupil at the Sun­day School be­fore it closed, said: “It was a lovely day and the chil­dren were very happy with their bi­bles.

“It’s an im­por­tant part of our history in Bolling­ton and a nice thing for the chil­dren to take home with them and hope­fully keep for­ever.”

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