Ex-pupils of Windmill Primary School were the guests of honour as a new “Welcome to Belle Isle” stone was unveiled yesterday (16 October 2013).
The children designed the stone as a project in their final year at Windmill. It features clasped hands and the message “Welcome to our community”. They visited the Mone Bros Quarry at Bramhope in July, along with staff from BITMO, to see their design taking shape. They also had a a guided tour to see where the stone came from and find out about its history.
On a very wet afternoon the children were joined by Councillor Kim Groves, tenants, staff and Board members from BITMO (Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation) and members of the public. As the stone was unveiling Councillor Groves said:
“People in Belle Isle have waited a long time to have proper welcome sign, this will be another to community pride.
“I would like to thank the children for their marvellous design and I would like to thank BITMO. Not only have they funded the project, but they have gone the extra mile to involve the community, in this case Windmill Primary School, which really adds value to the stone.”