City’s gift to Royal couple

Prince William
Prince William

BUDDING poets all over Milton Keynes have a chance to pen a unique gift for Royal Wedding couple Wills and Kate, who tie the knot on April 29.

City Mayor Councillor Debbie Brock has organised a poetry competition with the famous celebration as a theme.

And the winning poem will be sent to HRH Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton.

Mrs Brock said: “I wanted to give residents a chance to express their thoughts about the Royal Wedding. A poetry competition seemed a great way to involve people of all ages in the event.”

Helping the Mayor plan the competition is city poet Mark Niel who runs the Tongue in cheek writing group.

He said: “Poetry is the art of saying as much as possible with the fewest possible words and is therefore the written form we tend to favour at special occasions.

“Love is a perennial subject for poetry so it seemed a very appropriate vehicle to celebrate a wedding.”

The competition is divided into three categories – age 12 and under, age 13 to 18 and adults.

The judges are looking for poems of up to 20 lines that are original and capture the joy of the occasion.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough is eligible to enter.

All winners will be invited to an awards ceremony of Thursday, April 21.

They will all receive certificates with one overall winner chosen to be sent to the happy couple.

Entries must be submitted by Friday, April 8 by emailing communications@milton-keynes.gov.uk or by posting to the Mayor’s Office, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, CMK, MK9 3EJ.