Oak-ey dokey! Tree planted to mark diamond anniversary
A DIAMOND Jubilee tree was planted by a village couple celebrating a diamond anniversary of their own in Frolesworth on Friday.
Village couple Don and Betty Roberts were invited to plant the oak tree at the village crossroads last week, as part of the village’s nod to the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in June.
Mr and Mrs Roberts were chosen to plant the tree mostly because of their commitment and contribution to the village in recent decades, according to a member of the committee which organised the planting – but also because they are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this year.
Bev Rose, a member of the Frolesworth Heritage Committee, said: “The idea to plant the tree came about in part because we organised a village history exhibition last year and had a little bit of money left over.
“We were thinking about what we could do with the money and one of the other committee members, Jeanette Tallis, suggested that we plant a tree to help mark the Diamond Jubilee in June.”
The heritage committee had been originally drawn together to organise last year’s exhibition, and managed to raise £3,000 for the event.
About £60 was left over which paid for the new tree, although Mrs Rose said a plaque would also be installed at a later date.
She added: “We chose a tall oak tree because it will grow upwards rather than outwards and we also hope it will be there as a reminder of the jubilee for a very long time.”
A huge Jubilee party is being planned at the Coventry Road recreation ground in Lutterworth on Monday, June 4.
The public are being invited to nominate people to help bear an Olympic-style torch around the town in advance of the event. Phone 01455 550225 to nominate someone.
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