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Competition for primary children

The winning youngster will receive a free family ticket to the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

The winning youngster will receive a free family ticket to the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

To celebrate Local Newspaper Week (May 12 to 18) we are launching a competition for all primary school children in the Montrose and district area.

We want youngsters to tell us how many bird names they can pick out in a poem about Alan Crow - former Academy PE teacher and chairman of Montrose Golf Links Limited.

The winner will receive a free family ticket to the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre.

We will be running the competition for four weeks and the deadline for entries is noon on Thursday, June 12.

The poem has been written by local writer Patrick Barry McBeath and is called ‘Ode to Alan Crow’.

Like a phoenix he rose, when he came to Montrose

An eagle that flew from the sun

He took one look at the state of the youth

And cried, my God there’s work to be done

Geese a chance, he then vowed with his head unbowed

I’ll make those puffin quite swift

Those lazy buzzards I’ll take and from them I’ll make

Swans and loons that will look like God’s gift

No grouse did he hear from the parents each year

As he filled out each pigeon chest

In the gym they would rail and on the field they would quail

As he strived to make them the best

Now as the teams won each year, midst the owls and the cheers

The praise came with continuous flow

But he would swallow his pride, brush adulation aside

The teacher, the man, Alan Crow.

Children can post their entries to 63 Murray Street, Montrose, DD10 8JZ. Please include a contact name and telephone number, so we can get in touch if you have won.

 

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