Young writers are honoured for their work

Pupils from Southridge First School at Whitley Bay who were commended in taking part in a writing competition at The Langdale Centre at Wallsend.'REF 2603152257
Pupils from Southridge First School at Whitley Bay who were commended in taking part in a writing competition at The Langdale Centre at Wallsend.'REF 2603152257
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Budding writers have been honoured for their work in an annual competition.

More than 2,000 young writers and poets took part in the North Tyneside Writing Competition, now in its third year, as they showcased their writing skills in the form of a poem or prose piece.

This is a great opportunity for people to show off their creative writing talents and everyone should be incredibly proud of their efforts.

Coun Ian Grayson

Entries were welcomed from each Key Stage group with children as young as three taking part.

Following this year’s theme of ‘peace’, entries included a moving account of a soldier’s return to Auschwitz and a book on peaceful moments compiled by a reception class at St Cuthbert’s Primary School.

Winners and runners-up were presented with their prizes at a ceremony held at the Langdale Centre.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “I would personally like to congratulate all the students and staff who took part in the competition.

“This is a great opportunity for people to show off their creative writing talents and everyone should be incredibly proud of their efforts.

“There were a lot of excellent entries and it is amazing to see how the popularity of the competition has grown so much in such a short period.”

Guest of honour for the day was former Whitley Bay High School pupil Matilda Neil, who won the national ‘Poetry off by Heart’ competition in 2014.