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Derwenlas School 16
Two jubilees and a funeral

  Royal events, joyous and sad
A number of royal occasions are recorded over the years in the Derwenlas School Log Books, and some examples are shown here. The entry below refers to the celebration of the 50th year of the reign of Queen Victoria, which was marked by a holiday for schools on June 21st 1887.
  School log book entry

This extract reads:
"Tomorrow the Queen's Jubilee is celebrated and the children have medals presented to them by Mrs Edwards, Rhiwlas. A days holiday will be given."

The first entry below was recorded on May 3rd, 1935 to note the holiday granted for the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Some eight months later, on 28th January1936, the school was to be closed again to mark the funeral of the King.

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School log book entry 
School log book entry 

The two entries above read as follows:
"May 3rd. A holiday has been granted for Monday May 6th by command of the King, to celebrate His Majesty's Silver Jubilee.
Jan 27th. The Authority has sanctioned the closure of the school tomorrow the 28th inst. to mark the sad and solemn occasion of the Funeral of our late King, George V. This will enable the children and staff to attend the Memorial Services which will be held at the Parish Church, Machynlleth."

A royal visit by the Prince of Wales to Montgomeryshire in 1923 is another occasion recorded in the Derwenlas log book, as illustrated on the next page.

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