Diamond Jubilee coins presented to King’s Lynn pupils

West Norfolk children given keepsake for Queen's 60th anniversary

Children from Whitefriars Primary School in King's Lynn have been presented with commemorative coins for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Deputy West Norfolk Mayor Garry Sandell presented the special souvenirs to 29 pupils when they visited the town hall on Monday.

Teacher Diana Swaine said: 'We have been studying Captain George Vancouver this term so it's been great to come here to see pictures of him and have a tour of the town hall. '

Air cadets from the King's Lynn 42F Squadron were on hand to help with the presentations, putting the coins in bags for the young recipients.

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Seven-year-old Kamile Orlovaite, originally from Lithuania, said: 'I like the detail on the coin and its colour. It reminds me of one on my country's coins. It's something nice to keep and I like the Diamond Jubilee logo.'

In total, 5,000 coins are being distributed to children around the district. The first presentations were made during the Queen's visit in February and pupils from Wigenhall, Fairstead and Docking have received their coins so far.

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Civics officer Jules Stutchbury added: 'The idea behind these coins is to encourage children to come in and learn about our history and tie it in with Diamond Jubilee.'

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