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Kiddies' marker in local history.

HILLFIELD'S origins as a weaving district are being celebrated with the launch of 2,000 commemorative bookmarks.

The woven markers, which were designed by Coventry student Martin Law, are being presented to every tot in the Coventry area's five primary schools and one nursery as a keepsake for the new millennium.Sponsored by the Government Challenge Fund, Coventry Technical College and the urban section of the European Union, the scheme was the idea of the Millennium Planning Group in Hillfields, made up of local residents.

John Payne, area co-ordinator for Hillfields and member of the planning group, said: "It was decided to mark the history of the area by weaving a bookmark, which would also go towards encouraging young children to read.

"We also decided to commemorate the year 2000 by making 2,000 of these bookmarks."

Youngsters from St Benedict's RC School, in Leigh Street; St Mary's RC School, in Lansdowne Street; Southfield Primary School, in East Street; Frederick Bird Primary School, in Swan Lane; John Gulson Primary School, in George Street; and Hillfields Early Years Centre, in Clifton Street, were invited to a special presentation at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Jordan Well, city centre.

Coventry Technical College student Martin Law, who came up with the bookmark design as part of a challenge to students on his design course, handed over the 2,000 markers to the children.

The initiative also received support from Coventry City Council, J&J Cash Ltd, WATCH - Working Actively To Change Hillfields - and Hillfields History Group.
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Author:Mackenzie, Jenny
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 6, 2000
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