An artistic portrayal of all things Yorkshire has scooped first prize in this year’s Ilkley Carnival Creative competition.
Ten-year-old Abigail Boggs from Westville House School was chosen as the overall winner of the competition following an impressive collection of over 270 entries from schools and individuals.
The picture, which includes the symbolic Yorkshire rose, the Cow and Calf rocks and a pot of Yorkshire Tea will adorn the cover of the 2014 Ilkley Carnival programme, which this year celebrates ‘The Yorkshire Tour’ as a nod to the Tour de France while recognising the riches and heritage of Yorkshire.
Abigail, of Ilkley, said: “I love art and had fun drawing my favourite places and things about Yorkshire so I am really excited that my picture will be on the front cover. I go to the Ilkley Carnival every year and I was very surprised to win.”
Hugo Baxter, seven, also from Westville House School took first place in the five to eight age group category. He said: “I am very excited because I have never won anything before!”
In the “independent” category which is a new addition to the format this year, winner Matilda Irvine, six, of Menston took first place. “It's so exciting to win, she said. “I enjoyed drawing the bike and the sun best in my picture. Me and my little sister are definitely going to watch the carnival.”
Special mentions go to James Ellison, seven and William McCutcheon, five, both from Westville House who came second and third respectively in the younger category. Sophie Ezard, ten, and Isobel Waller, 11 from Ashlands Primary School came second and third respectively in the nine to 11 category and were also highly commended by the judging panel.
Michelle Attwood, assistant retail manager at competition sponsor Bettys Café Tea Rooms, praised the children for embracing the Yorkshire theme. “What really impressed me was the level of imagination shown,” she said.
“We had every possible take on Yorkshire covered and the full range of artist materials used. It was good to see so much creativity in the district. We didn't have enough space to lay them all out there were that many!”
Abigail, Hugo and Matilda will have their winning artwork framed by the Weaverbird Workshop in Ilkley.
All category winners and highly commended entrants will receive Bettys goodie bags and certificates and will be invited to receive their prizes in front of thousands of spectators on the carnival presentation stage on Monday, May 5.
Advance tickets for the carnival are now on sale online from ilkleycarnival.org priced at £3 for adults and £1 for children. Tickets bought on the day of the carnival are £4 for adults and £1 for children.