School helps celebrate unveiling of new blue Maidenhead plaque
Addyson Tyler-Hawtree and Amelie Moorhouse from Highfield Prep School
Submitted by Shanly Homes
To celebrate a slice of history in Maidenhead, Berkshire, Shanly Homes unveiled a plaque to recognize the second in a series of public art, known as the “Maidenhead Memories Sculpture Series”.
The plaque records the story of a new piece of art depicting a toucan, mounted on the wall in the Waterside district on High Street. The plaque is located near the Toucan, which pays homage to famous English actress Diana Dors, who opened the popular Le Tucan cafe there in 1955.
As part of the celebration, grade 5 students from Highfield Preparatory School were invited to write a story about ‘How the Toucan landed in Maidenhead’, related to their studies of Rudyard’s famous ‘Just so’ stories. Kipling.
The winners of the competition were Addyson Tyler-Hawtree, who won the award for “The Most Inventive Story” and Amelie Moorhouse was awarded “The Most Beautifully Illustrated”.
Shanly Homes Thames Valley Sales and Marketing Manager Vasos Ptohopoulos welcomed the children and English Manager Sarah Wallace to Waterside Quarter before Addyson and Amelie had the honor of unveiling the plaque.
Vasos said, “It was a great pleasure to unveil our blue toucan carving plaque today, alongside the winners of our Highfield Preparatory School Toucan History Contest.
“A big thank you to all the 5th grade students and staff for getting involved and helping us mark the occasion in such a poignant way. Clearly there are some very creative kids out there who should all be very proud of themselves.
Sarah Wallace, Head of English at Highfield Prep School, said: “We were delighted with the enthusiasm, creativity and outstanding achievements of our grade 5 students entering this competition.
“The students really enjoyed the challenge, which paid homage to the story of Diana Dors working at Maidenhead and dovetailed perfectly with our studies on Rudyard Kipling.”
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, father and son artists George and Brian Fell, who designed and created the toucan sculpture were unable to attend the unveiling.
George commented: “This has been a really interesting project to work on and we hope that many generations of Maidenhead residents will enjoy seeing the toucan perched on the wall.”