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Festive designs given stamp of approval
THE festive artwork of two North-East school girls has been given a stamp of approval in a national competition.
Darlington six-year-old Faye Hughes and Crook five-year-old Leona Pickering have been named regional winners in a children’s Christmas stamp design competition, run by the Royal Mail.
Their colourful designs, which were chosen out of 240,000 entries nationwide, could adorn post throughout the festive season.
The girls are two of ten regional winners in the competition, which is running for the first time since 1981. Local judges will now select the region’s top two designs to go through to the final.
The national final of the competition will see judges including HRH The Prince of Wales and children’s author Lauren Child choose two designs to feature on 2013’s first and second class Christmas stamps.
Shawn Laws, Leona’s headteacher at Hartside Primary School in Crook, said: “Leona is delighted, she is a lovely little girl and thoroughly deserves it.
“We encourage all of our children to take part in these kinds of activities and as a school, we are very proactive about creativity.”
Faye’s headteacher, Catherine Thompson – from Darlington’s West Park Academy – said: “We aim to promote creativity within the curriculum and are really proud Faye has won this competition.”
The competition, which was open to children aged four to 11, asked entrants to submit designs based around the question ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’.
Entries can be viewed at royalmailstampcompetition.com
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