Poets prove the better for verse

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CITY poets proved they were for better rather than for verse when it came to putting pen to paper about the Royal Wedding.

For the Mayor’s poetry competition attracted a bumper crop of entries with one, at least, fit for a future king.

The winning poem, by 13-year-old Marie-Ann Harvey, has been printed on parchment and sent to the happy couple as a wedding gift.

Marie-Ann was chosen as overall winner out of 285 entries in three age categories.

The adult winner was Julia Watson while Avalon Lawless won the 12 and under group.

These poems are now on display at Central Milton Keynes library.

Marie-Ann’s entry has been drafted on to parchment made by W Cowley of Newport Pagnell, the company chosen to produce the vellum for the Royal marriage certificate.

“It will be sent off this week,” said Mayor Debbie Brock. “This has been a different way for the people of Milton Keynes to commemorate and celebrate the Royal Wedding and I would like to thank everyone who took part.”

Meanwhile families all over the city are preparing food and games for Royal Wedding street parties tomorrow.

The patriotic spirit will be much in evidence as it was in 1937, when the photograph below was taken in Stony Stratford’s Frankston Avenue during the Coronation of King George V1.