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Pirate ship play area launches at Mawnan Pre-School: PICTURES
2:30pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in Cornwall
A cup of tea rather than champagne was used in the official naming of Mawnan Pre-School’s new pirate climbing frame last week in homage to the late Rosemary Curtis, |whose family helped fund the project.
“Rosemary was a great tea drinker and always had a cup on the go so when thinking about christening the new pirate ship, it seemed appropriate to use tea,” said pre-school manager, Liz Shaw.
The centre piece of the new outdoor play area is the pirate ship climbing frame which has been named HMS Rosemary and has already proved a big hit with the youngsters at the pre-school.
Rosemary Curtis, who died while on a cruise to celebrate her 70th birthday last December, had been a much-loved play assistant at the pre-school for 37 years. Even though she retired about three years ago, she had retained close ties with the staff and children.
“She was still volunteering right up until she passed away and had also been a dinner lady at the primary school,” said Mrs Shaw. “She always loved to be outside playing with the children, that was her thing, so we thought this was a fitting tribute. We miss her dearly.”
Guest of honours at the launch party of the new pirate ship were Rosemary’s husband, Bill, her two daughters, Stephanie and Joanne and |20-month-old granddaughter, Ella. The money to pay for the new play equipment came from parents’ fundraising efforts, but also a donation from the Curtis family who had split the |proceeds of a collection at Rosemary’s funeral between the pre-school and the chapel.
Speaking at the launch party, when children had been invited to dress as pirates, Mr Curtis said: “Rosemary had been with the play group for 37 years and had seen many children come through and then seen some of their children as well.
“It is such a great honour to be here today, she would have been delighted with what you have done with the money.”
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