The Duke and Duchess send their warmest thanks
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.
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.