A LIMITED edition House of Commons fine bone china commemorative plate and a letter of congratulations from the Deputy Speaker together make a unique souvenir of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee for Ribble Valley schoolboy Giles Gabbutt.
Fifteen-year-old Giles, of Mellor, was the winner of our competition to win the commeorative plate donated by Ribble Valley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans. It is one of just 350 specially commissioned to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee, so not even all of Parlaiment’s 650 MPs could have one.
Mr Evans sent a letter on House of Commons stationery to Giles, telling him he had won the competition, which ran in The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on May 24th.
He then presented it in person during a visit to Giles’ school, Stonyhurst College, accompanied by the MP for Gainsborough, Edward Leigh.
Entrants in the competition had to complete a sentence in not more than 20 words, with Giles entry judged the best. It was: I will always remember the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee because... “to see our nation united in its love for our Queen and country makes me proud to be British”.
Now he has another good reason to remember this Jubilee year.