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Juhlat Irikselle - Celebration for Iris

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Yesterday, 5 May 2018, was a special occasion for the Manchester Finnish School, as we witnessed and celebrated the award of the Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland to our most honoured member, Iris Mclintock.

This richly deserved award is a reflection of the part Iris played in the foundation of the Suomikoulu in Manchester, the leadership and inspiration she has provided in the school and also among Finns in Manchester and beyond; and last but not least, her astonishingly long career teaching students of the Finnish language.

The honours were performed by Chris Rostron, the Honorary Consul of Finland in Manchester, himself one of Iris's former students.

We had a lot of visitors! Not only did some of Iris's family come to celebrate with us, but also many former students. I think we ran out of cake at one point...! But not coffee, of course.

To be serious, there is profound love and appreciation for Iris in our community, and it goes well beyond the simple fact of her …