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.