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Essay Competition

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Essay Competition

Left to right: Mary Manley of Barter Books, Catherine Jackson (2nd prize), Callie Martin (3rd prize) and Elizabeth Jones, of Alnwick Civic Society, one of the organisers.

For this year’s Essay Competition middle schools were invited to write on the subject “If pants had eyes”. The winners were recognised on 8th July, with prizes donated by Barter Books and awarded by Mary Manley.

First prize was awarded to Joe Bennett of The Duke’s Middle School for a moving description of events as seen by the pants. Second prize was awarded to Catherine Jackson of Lindisfarne Middle School, for a beautifully imagined piece with an Alice in Wonderland feeling. Third prize was awarded to Callie Martin of St Paul’s Middle School for a thoughtful piece on a modern girl, oblivious to the important place that pants have played in everyday life.

Essays by Abby Wilson (Duke’s), Oscar Wilson (Lindisfarne) and Lauren Vickers (St Paul’s) were highly commended.

Our congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all involved.


Written by Peter

July 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Posted in Pants, Uncategorized

Robertson’s Fountain

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Robertson’s Fountain flows again

This summer Robertson’s fountain is flowing again, thanks to a joint initiative by Alnwick Civic Society and Alnwick Chamber of Trade. It was originally erected in 1890 to commemorate a leading local figure, but no water has flowed for more than 15 years after pedestrians complained that they were splashed on windy days.

This was the last pant to be built in Alnwick, and the only one which is connected to the mains water supply.

Robertson’s wife laid the foundation stone on 3rd February 1891 and Earl Percy declared the fountain open on 8th June 1891 attended by the Northumberland Fusiliers band and a large group of freemasons. This time the ceremony was more low-key, but was attended by representatives of the Town Council, Chamber of Trade and Civic Society.

The pant will be operated until September, at which point the council will assess the response of the public before deciding what steps to take next.

Nearby St Michael’s Pant, is one of the oldest pants in Alnwick, and has been in operation more-or-less continuously for the last 250 years.

Details of all the old pants in Alnwick are available from the Tourist Information Centre and on the Pants of Alnwick web site. In early 2014 Bailiffgate Muesum are planning to hold an exhibition on the history of the Pants of Alnwick.

Written by Peter

July 20, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Posted in Pants