Grace is favoured to pay po­etic trib­ute to Queen

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A POEM penned by a young roy­al­ist from Mac­cles­field has been cho­sen to be sent to the Queen as part of her 90th birthday cel­e­bra­tions.

The ‘Poem for Her Majesty’ com­pe­ti­tion was or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary Club and at­tracted more than 400 en­tries from seven to 17 year olds from across the coun­try.

But it was eight-yearold Grace Bai­ley Rush­ton’s verse that im­pressed judges and was cho­sen as one of the 17 fi­nal po­ems to ap­pear on the card for the queen.

Grace, who is a pupil at Ash­grove Academy, en­tered her verse into the com­pe­ti­tion run by the Ro­tary Club of Mac­cles­field Cas­tle.

It was then cho­sen as the of­fi­cial en­try for the Ro­tary District 1285, which cov­ers Cheshire East, Manch­ester and the Isle of Man.

Alec John­ston, from the club, said: “The win­ning poem drawn from all the clubs in the area was Grace from Ash­grove academy sub­mit­ted by the Ro­tary club of Mac­cles­field Cas­tle.

“The Poem from Grace to­gether with one Poem for ev­ery other District in RIBI will then be sent di­rectly to H.M Queen El­iz­a­beth.”

●● Ro­tar­ian Mary Grant with Grace Bai­ley Rush­ton

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