The Duke and Duchess send their warm­est thanks

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency issues - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

IT’S not ev­ery day you get a let­ter from Kens­ing­ton Palace, but that’s ex­actly what came in the post to Dubbo-based chil­dren’s book au­thor Pat Clarke – and you’ll never guess who from.

“Dear Miss Clarke”, the let­ter be­gins.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex have asked me to thank you for your kind let­ter of 25th Oc­to­ber fol­low­ing their tour of Aus­tralia. Their Royal High­nesses were touched that you took the trou­ble to en­close your books ‘Elvira and the Pil­liga Mouse’ and ‘The Magic For­est of Goonoo’. It re­ally was most thoughtful of you and greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

“The Duke and Duchess very much en­joyed their re­cent visit to Aus­tralia and were over­whelmed by the warm wel­come and won­der­ful re­cep­tion they re­ceived.

“As I am sure you will un­der­stand, Their Royal High­nesses are un­able to re­ply per­son­ally for the many let­ters and gifts that they re­ceive. Nev­er­the­less, The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex have asked me to send you their warm­est thanks and very best wishes.

“Yours sin­cerely, Clau­dia Spens.”

Ms Clarke had ini­tially asked Coun­cil to pass the gifts on but se­cu­rity pro­to­col didn’t al­low it. Coun­cil did how­ever pro­vide an ad­dress and Ms Clarke waited un­til they’d been to Dubbo, hop­ing the books might ar­rive in Eng­land when they did.

“I wrote a let­ter with the books to say how thrilled we were they came to Dubbo and that they might like this as a me­mento of their stay and be able to show, per­haps, their fam­ily. Of course I sent it off in a flurry of ex­cite­ment.

“Then af­ter two months had gone by I thought, ‘Oh well, at least it will be amongst the gifts and they’re some­times put on dis­play,’” she said.

To her de­light how­ever, a let­ter of thanks even­tu­ally ar­rived.

Pat Clarke’s sto­ries are cen­tred on na­tive birds and an­i­mals in the Cen­tral West.

It’s a fan­tas­tic thought to think a piece of our patch might ac­tu­ally have ended up on the royal kids’ book­shelves. QUOTES to in­stall a shade struc­ture over El­ston Park play­ground are be­ing sought by Coun­cil, and ad­vanced trees are to be planted there in April.

The work is part of a 20-year coun­cil as­set main­te­nance and re­place­ment plan to­talling $1 mil­lion to im­prove shade in play­ground ar­eas.

Be­tween March and June, sim­i­lar works will oc­cur at Muller Park, Theresa Maliphant Park, Spears Drive, Rose­wood Grove, Powter Park, and Lion’s Park, and at Del­roy Park­lands (South), and in 2021/2022 at Vic­to­ria Park.

Fur­ther funds will come from the in­ter­nal Trees Spe­cial Project bud­get and Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices. Dubai Po­lice con­cluded the sec­ond Dubai Fit­ness Chal­lenge by set­ting a new record for the Heav­i­est boat pulled by a team of swim­mers. A team of 100 swim­mers and divers pulled a boat weigh­ing 355.07 met­ric tonnes over a dis­tance of 200 me­tres in Fes­ti­val City, Dubai, on No­vem­ber 24. Dubai wants to be the most ac­tive in the world.

PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

Dubbo based chil­dren’s book au­thor Pat Clarke gifted two of her ti­tles to the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex and to her sur­prise a sec­re­tary has writ­ten back.

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