Maundy money presented by Her Majesty the Queen when she visited Sheffield in 2015 will take pride of place in the Town Hall permanently thanks to talented Sheffield College students.

Her Majesty first presented the maundy money to George McDonald, former school governor and long-time agent of Sheffield South-East MP Clive Betts, when she visited the city during its Easter celebrations in 2015.

Today’s recipients of Royal Maundy are chosen because of the Christian service they have given to the Church and community.

At the ceremony, which takes place annually on Maundy Thursday, the sovereign hands to each recipient two small leather string purses.

One, a red purse, contains – in ordinary coinage – money in lieu of food and clothing; the other, a white purse, contains silver Maundy coins consisting of the same number of pence as the years of the sovereign’s age.

Queen and Prince Philip
The Queen visits Sheffield in 2015

Sadly Mr McDonald died last year but his son Andrew has given his blessing to the money and purses being displayed in a specially-made cabinet designed by four Sheffield College students.

The oak display table was designed and made by Sheffield College students Martin Ellis, 17, Oliver Fotheringham, 18,  Andrew Robertson, 17, and Harry Spencer, 18 all studying for their city and guilds in Furniture Making and Design Level three.

The official presentation of the cabinet took place in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour on Monday 10t April watched by Clive Betts MP,   Victoria Taylor and Gary Mallon from Sheffield College and Carl Peach from Arnold Laver, which helped with the design process.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Denise Fox, said: “George was a great friend to many in this city and was passionate about education. With this in mind it is right and proper that his Maundy money, of which he was so proud, now will be displayed in the city thanks to these talented students.

“He believed in a great education for everybody and wanted everyone to have the best education that was available to them.”

The Maundy money display
The Maundy money display

Andrew, Mr McDonald’s son, said: “I’m proud of what these students have designed and my family are too. It’s great to be able to donate this maundy money to the city on behalf of my late father.”

The display case is set to be displayed in the Town Hall reception during Easter celebrations before being placed in the Mayor’s Parlour.