A colourful Royal Wedding gift from Berkshire childrenBy Victoria Corbett
April 27, 2011
The children of Wokingham, Bracknell and Reading have wished the royal couple well before their trip down the aisle by using their creative talents to produce messages of congratulations.
Judges for The Wokingham Times, Bracknell Forest Standard and Reading Post Royal Wedding art competition were wowed by the standard of entries from local schools wanting to wish Prince William and Kate Middleton well ahead of their wedding on Friday.
All the artists behind the competition entries had used their individual talents to create some stunning pictures using a variety of crafts and techniques, including paint, pencil, sparkles, jewels and pictures of the happy couple.
And they have certainly produced some posters fit for royalty.
Judges decided the pretty pink entry from Shinfield Infant and Nursery School was a worthy first place winner, while Fox Hill Primary in Bracknell and Redlands Primary in Reading came second and third.
The top three entries have been placed at the front of a book, kindly donated by Frasers Office Supplies in Reading, containing every entry to the competition and posted to the happy couple in time for their nuptials.
Sophie Anderson, Year One teacher for Shinfield Infant and Nursery School, said: “I can’t believe we won, it’s quite exciting.
“Our headteacher Mrs Turner saw the competition in the newspaper and she said it would be really fun to have a go. All the children in the school put something forward and she chose the one from the Year One class.”
Shinfield pupil Lauren Brandon, five, said: “When I saw the finished poster I thought it was very pretty. I enjoyed doing the colouring in and I like the colour.
“Happy marriage to William and Kate.”
Shinfield pupil Kayla McNamara, six, is looking forward to a street party that has been organised for families in the Shinfield area.
She said: “I did a picture of William and Kate. I wanted to draw them kissing. I think it looks pretty.”
Councillor Dianne King, mayor of Wokingham borough and judge for the competition, was thoroughly impressed by the standard of entries.
She said: “The entries were fantastic and the decision certainly wasn’t an easy one.
“There are lots of them we would like to have chosen, but we could only choose three.
“We would like to congratulate everyone who took part and thank the Reading Post, Wokingham Times and Bracknell Forest Standard for organising the competition.”
Cllr Gul Khan, mayor of Reading borough and fellow judge, praised children for their efforts to give Prince William and his bride a royal wedding present.
He said: “All those youngsters who took part and all of those classes that took part and all of those children who took part, I am grateful to them.
“I congratulate them and congratulate the marrying couple on behalf of the Reading people and Royal County of Berkshire.
“Thank you to the papers for organising the competition.
“All the people of Reading are going to celebrate and I want to say well done to all those children who made the extra effort to express their true feeling of congratulations for the royal couple.”
Although not all our entries could be named the winner, they have all been sent to the royal couple and you can see every one in this week's Wokingham Times out today.