Pupil wins festive card competition

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Ten-year-old Reiss Moore from Brierley Forest Primary School was named as the winner of a prestigious annual Christmas card competition in Ashfield.

Over the last month, every pupil in primary and infant schools across the district was encouraged to pick up their pens, pencils, crayons and paintbrushes and showcase their talents by designing Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero’s personal Christmas card.

A panel of judges, including the Chad’s Ashley Booker and Vic Handley from local engineering firm Van Elle were tasked with selecting the best design from the submitted entries.

After lots of deliberation, the judges settled on Reiss’s poignant design commemorating the famous Christmas football match truce during the First World War.

Reiss’s artwork will now be professionally printed on the front of 700 of the cards and another 2,000 electronically will be sent to a number of people, organisations and businesses across Ashfield.

Gloria said: “The standard was incredibly high but all of the judges decided that Reiss’s fabulous card had that extra special star quality which was enough to just edge it.

“He’s a lovely lad and football mad too which explains the design and it was obvious just how much thought and work had gone into it.”

Vic Handley added: “The look on Reiss’ face when he won was magical.

“There’s certainly no shortage of talented kids with amazing imaginations.”