Local children had the chance to express their artistic nature when Specsavers in Ashby de la Zouch presented the highly-sought-after Ashby Arts Festival Children’s Creative trophy.

Pretigious prizes

On Saturday 27 May, store manager Cheryl Cox, together with the Mayor, presented the winners of each age group with their prizes, including the prestigious overall winner trophy which was received by Luke Byrne, aged 11. The award ceremony took place at Ivanhoe College.

Cheryl said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to once again support the Ashby de la Zouch Arts Festival. We have been part of this for a few years now, and once again it was a great success. It’s simply a great community event which never fails to unearth some fantastic creative talents in Ashby’s youth. A massive congratulations to the well-deserved winners.’

The entrants in school years one and two were asked to draw and colour the eight things the ‘old lady who swallowed a fly’ actually ate, while children in years three to six undertook a similar exercise, but with the added creative element of devising their own list of things that a toothy croc would eat.

Finally, years seven to nine were tasked with creating an original short graphic story.

Young creatives

Di Lorriman, local artist and festival organiser, said: ‘This year’s entries were really imaginative. With such creativity in our town, it will be interesting to watch the careers of so many aspiring young creatives develop. We’re always delighted with the number of entries we receive, and the Ashby de la Zouch Art Festival is very grateful to Specsavers for continuing to sponsor it.’

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