Gumboots and pills? No, it’s the Duke of Wellington and a donation of tablets; iPads sort of thing. Intrigued? Read on!
The descendants of Arthur Wellesly, the 1st Duke of Wellington, i.e., the Iron Duke, own a very large country estate in the Poniente of Granada; in Íllora, to be precisely, called La Torre. The Duke received this land as a gift from a grateful Spain for having helped to kick Boney (Napoleon) out of Spain during the Peninsular War of 1808-1814.
Anyway, the present Duke, Charles Wellesley, has donated these tablet computers to the local schools in Íllora and Alomartes – his estate straddles them both. He has done this so that pupils belonging to families that are struggling can do their online schoolwork whilst the schools are closed.
The Mayor of Íllora, Antonio Salazar, who cherishes the bonds between the Duke and the municipality, thanked Sir Gumboot for his generosity.
The Duke is in London at the moment but has instructed his estate manager to deliver the tablets to the Mayor, who explained that the Duke had come up with the idea after learning that the Town Hall was distributing school text and note books that had remained inside the schools when they were shut down.
(News: Illora, Poniente, Granada, Andalucia)