Specsavers in Ashby has celebrated local children’s creativity by crowning the winners of two competitions, held as part of this year’s Ashby Arts Festival.

Twelve-year-old Isabella Paduano was chosen by judges as the winner of the short story competition, receiving a certificate and the coveted ‘Silver Trophy for Creativity’ from Specsavers in Market Street, which sponsors the competition. Seven-year-old Olivia Harris was also highly commended for her entry into the rhyming and colouring category, being presented with a certificate.

Celebrating youngsters’ creativity

‘The Arts Festival is a fantastic opportunity for children to engage their creative side and it was wonderful to see all of the hard work that had been put in to this year’s competition,’ said Paula Harper, store director. ‘This year’s entries were of a very high standard, so it must have been a difficult job for the judges to select each of the winners.’

Dianne Lorriman, organiser of this year’s children’s competitions, says: ‘We’re incredibly grateful to have Specsavers’ support once again this year. It was lovely to see last year’s winner, Olivia, handing over the trophy to Isabella. Olivia demonstrated great creativity in her work and Isabella wrote a fantastic short story for her entry, so is a very deserving winner.’

The competition

As part of the creativity competitions, children from school years 1-6 were invited to take part in a rhyming and colouring competition, while those from years 7-9 could try their hand at creative writing by entering the short story competition.

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