Top honours handed out to budding artists

Alnwick In Bloom children's painting competition presentation.
Alnwick In Bloom children's painting competition presentation.

Art is blossoming in local schools if the entries to this year’s Alnwick in Bloom children’s painting competition are anything to go by.

That was the verdict of judge Mary Manley, co-owner of Barter Books, who praised pupils’ efforts and encouraged them to continue with their passion for painting.

Alnwick In Bloom children's painting competition presentation.

Alnwick In Bloom children's painting competition presentation.

The ceremony was held at Alnwick Garden Pavilion on Thursday.

Mary presented prizes to youngsters in eight categories after she and fellow judge Adele Agar, a retired teacher, had made the difficult decisions. Winners received £20, with £15 for second, £10 for third and £5 for highly commended.

Alnwick Mayor Alan Symmonds said: “There is some splendid work here and some great, creative artists among us.”

He congratulated the children and thanked the schools who took part for embracing the local competition as part of their curriculum.

He also reserved praise for the Alnwick in Bloom committee, highlighting the hard work it puts in to keep the town looking good.

Alan said: “They have endured monsoon, bureaucracy, drought, pestilence, you name it, but they have regrouped and kept on going. We have so much to thank them for.”