Sarah Sidebottom, a pupil at St Andrew’s Primary School in Rothesay, took part in a very special event recently – she was one of 60 individuals selected to have their story included in the Jubilee Time Capsule as part of the Diamond (re)Collection.
The Diamond (re)Collection, curated by a panel of distinguished judges, represents the 60 best submissions to the Jubilee Time Capsule. A total of 37,163 people, and more than a thousand schools, from the Commonwealth and beyond took part.
Sarah was invited to attend a ceremony in London on Wednesday, November 14, at the Royal Collection Society where the Queen was presented with the sealed capsule, which will be housed in the Royal Collection in Windsor Castle.
Sarah’s entry, ‘Hello Lillies’, tells the story of one of the best and worst days in Sarah’s life.
After beating a girl called Lily Farnood in the quarter-finals of a badminton competition, Sarah couldn’t wait to share her story with her Aunt Mary, who was ill in hospital at the time. However, when they got to the hospital, Sarah’s dad told her to stay in the car while he visited.
The next day, Sarah was given the news that her beloved Aunt Mary had died.
“Her funeral was very beautiful. I was an Altar Server at it. There were millions of her favourite flowers, lilies.
“The thing that comforted me at her funeral was that even though I didn’t get to tell my Auntie Mary that I beat Lily, she still celebrated by having millions of lilies at her funeral,” Sarah explains in her story.