School girl’s jubilee design is chosen

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A Langley Mill schoolgirl was among six children who had their designs to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee chosen in a contest.

Maisie Brooking, aged seven, of Langley Mill Infant School, had her winning design transferred to a plate by Denby Pottery after taking part in the Derbyshire county Council competition.

Primaryaged children from 63 schools came up with designs to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Of the 90 entries submitted, six finalists, aged five to 12, were chosen to have theirs transferred to plates.

Each child won a hand-painted keepsake plate for themselves and one for their school.

Derbyshire County Council Chairman Councillor George Wharmby, who helped shortlist the winning designs, said: “This was a landmark year for our country, the likes of which we may never see again in our lifetime and we wanted as many children as possible to enjoy and feel part of this unique event in our nation’s history by actively taking part in the jubilee.

“The standard of entries was very high and it was very difficult choosing the winners but we went for designs which we thought would translate well from paper to pottery plates.”

The youngsters were given a talk on how their plates were made, followed by a painting demonstration by senior artist Cathie Bacon before being presented with their jubilee mementos at the Denby-based company, near Ripley.