School­girl presents pen­guin tribute to lord provost’s of­fice

Moni­fi­eth girl makes minia­ture pen­guin in im­age of Ian Borth­wick to take with her on the trail

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - SCOTT MILNE smilne@the­courier.co.uk

A school­girl from Moni­fi­eth com­pleted Mag­gie’s Pen­guin Trail with a hand­made tribute of Lord Provost Ian Borth­wick in tow – then sent it to the man him­self.

Chloe Townsend, 16, made a pen­guin in the im­age of Mr Borth­wick as part of a Moni­fi­eth High School project.

Pupils were chal­lenged to dec­o­rate minia­ture ver­sions of the pen­guins. They were then auc­tioned off to raise money for Mag­gie’s Dundee.

Chloe in­sisted her mother Su­san buy her pen­guin so she could take it on a tour of the stat­ues. One bid had al­ready been made so Su­san of­fered £30 to se­cure her daugh­ter’s work.

The pair then vis­ited each of the 80 stat­ues on the trail and Chloe was pho­tographed hold­ing her lord provost pen­guin with all of them.

Chloe, who is autis­tic, wanted to sur­prise Mr Borth­whick with the gift and went to the coun­cil cham­bers yesterday with her mother, but un­for­tu­nately he was not there hav­ing flown out for a trip to Ger­many.

In­stead they handed it to coun­cil of­fi­cers, along with a let­ter writ­ten by Chloe. Both have been left on Mr Borth­wick’s desk for when he re­turns.

Su­san said: “It took about 10 days and we fin­ished with the one just out­side the McManus.

“Chloe’s car­ers took her to Kir­riemuir and Brechin, but we went with her to Perth, St An­drews and a lot of the other ones.

“I vis­ited places I have never been be­fore so it’s a good way to see the area.”

She said her daugh­ter had a real soft spot for the lord provost and she hoped the minia­ture pen­guin would make a nice wel­come home gift for him when he re­turns from Ger­many.

“She thinks he is a re­ally spe­cial man. “They’ve met a few times through things at school and she thinks he is won­der­ful,” she said. “Hope­fully he will have it sit­ting on his desk.

“She gets fo­cused on things and they have to be com­pleted. When she puts her mind to some­thing it has to be done.

“It made Chloe’s day get­ting to see the cham­bers. It’s a shame the lord provost wasn’t there on the day, but I hope he likes it when he gets back.

“It’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

I vis­ited places I have never been be­fore so it’s a good way to see the area.

CHLOE’S MUM SU­SAN

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

Chloe Townsend, 16, in the City Cham­bers in Dundee with her lord provost pen­guin.

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