A young man named Montgomery, and called Monty for short, was thrilled to happen upon the town of Montgomery, along with Montgomery Castle and Monty Rocks, during his holiday in the region. 6-year-old Monty’s family, from North Nottinghamshire, were staying nearby on their way to North Wales, and mum Rosie Pickering explained, “We had arrived early for our holiday home so had a bit of time to kill. We really enjoyed the area and actually wished we'd spent longer there. We loved it!” Monty (6), Rufus (3) and Bertie (1) were also excited to discover lots of painted ‘Monty Rocks’. Monty Rocks is part of a popular rock painting and finding activity which is akin to a giant game of hide and seek using inanimate objects. The idea is to get creative, to get out and about, and to enjoy finding and re-hiding the painted rocks. Rosie says, “My boys loved finding all the Monty Rocks. We have a local rock club but my boys have never really been into it, so it was even better that they got so excited and really into it in Montgomery.” There are similar games happening all over the country, and Monty Rocks are known to have travelled in the UK as far as Anglesey and Kent, as well as abroad to Petra, Jordan and Central Park, New York!
Distant cousins Saran Nanne and Deborah Terrell of Montgomery, Texas USA visited Montgomery on Monday 22nd October and were hosted by Town Crier Susan Blower and Mayor Lionel Weaver. The ladies brought with them 'Montgomery Texas Flag' T shirts which they presented to Sue and Lionel in Broad Street outside the Town Hall. They even had a spare one for Montgomery resident and Community News Team photographer David Wilson. While the photos were being taken, Aylene Harpes from New Zealand, another distant cousin who happened to be passing, asked if she could have her photograph taken with Sue and Lionel as well. All three visitors were presented with packs of 'Montgomery in the Snow' postcards as mementos of their visit to the town.