Friday 23 April 2004
Fife school banner design 'links past with future'
Students and staff of Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline will
meet MP Anne Picking, Convener of Fife Council John Simpson, UNISON
UK President Dave Anderson and representatives from Fife Miners'
Gala Organisers at a civic reception at Dunfermline City Chambers
on Friday 23 April at 6.00pm.
They have been successful in designing a winning banner to be used
for the Fife Miners' Gala. A project that was commissioned by UNISON
to mark Anne Picking MP's Presidential year. She picked this project
for backing under the UNISON Arts Sponsorship scheme, because of
her family connections with the mining community in Fife.
Fife Council Convener John Simpson said: "This is a splendid piece
of work and I would like to congratulate the pupils and their teachers
on their creativity and skill in creating this banner. "Fife has
a long mining tradition and I am delighted that through this project
these young people will have learned something about the history
of mining in Fife. This banner also means that they too have now
contributed to that rich mining history. I am sure that many people
will get great enjoyment from seeing this banner on display at the
Fife Mining Archive and the pupils should be very proud of that.
"I would also like to thank UNISON and in particular Anne Picking
MP, for having organised this art competition."
UNISON President, Dave Anderson said "Every presidents Art Commision
is unique to that person. I am very glad that Anne has chosen to
use both a medium and a message that reflects her pride in mining
communities and that she has worked with local children to produce
the commission. In doing so she has shown the need to build links
between our past and our future."
You are welcome to attend the ceremony and send photographers.
Please contact Chris Bartter, numbers below to let us know you are
Note for Editors - the UNISON arts sponsorship scheme -
established in 1987 - exists to fund the commissioning of a piece
of artwork each year. UNISON's national President makes a personal
choice to commission a new piece of artwork in whatever medium they
want. The Fife Miners Gala Banner was the winning design of a number
submitted by students of Fife schools.
For Further Information Please Contact: Bill Gilby (Head
of Gen Secs Office) 07887 660 825(m) Chris Bartter (Communications
Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m) Fife Council Press Office