Young artists brush up their skills

CREATIVE youngsters have been rewarded for their artistic talents after taking part in a painting competition.

Pupils in schools across Alnwick designed their own piece of work as part of the Alnwick in Bloom contest.

Open to children aged up to 18, the competition aims to encourage youngsters to take an interest in the quest to get Alnwick blooming and inspire them to take a greater interest in their surroundings, the town, nature, the environment and gardening as a hobby.

The winning paintings will go through to be judged in the regional competition for use in next year’s Northumbria in Bloom calendar.

The young artists were honoured for their achievements – with first, second and third places as well as a highly commended (HC) – at a special awards night at Alnwick Garden.

Tom Pattinson, chairman of Alnwick in Bloom, and Margaret Casey, the committee member who organises the competition, introduced judge Mary Manley, from Barter Books in Alnwick.

Mary gave each winning child an explanation of why the picture was chosen and presented the prizes – a certificate and vouchers.

The children’s pictures were displayed all around the room, and the winning pictures will be displayed at Barter Books.

Competition results

Up to six years old: 1 Spencer Cook, St Michael’s First; 2 Caitlin White, Alnwick South First; 3 Daisy Carnegie, St Paul’s First; HC Matthew McKie, Alnwick South First.

Seven and eight: 1 Daniel Osborne, Alnwick South First; 2 George Cockayne, St Paul’s First; 3 Robyn Charlton, Alnwick South First; HC Milli Ellaby, St Paul’s First

Nine and 10: 1 Katie Newton, St Paul’s Middle; 2 Kia Conway, St Paul’s Middle; 3 Lewis Forster, St Paul’s Middle; HC Jessica Conway, Lindisfarne Middle.

11 to 13: 1 Ciarra Showler, St Paul’s Middle; 2 Joseph Cooper, St Paul’s; 3 Sarah Charlton, Lindisfarne Middle; HC Sofia Bravo, The Duke’s Middle.

Barndale, up to 12: 1 Ellen Douglas; 2 Levi Taylor; 3 Jack Cadwaller; HC George Woods.

Barndale, 13 to 18: 1 Kathy Brown; 2 Naomi Stewart; 3 Curtis Austin; HC Louis Newbiggin.