27 NOV 2017

This stunning design won my Christmas card comp

The winner of my Christmas card competition has been revealed. A stunning Christmas tree drawn by Maya Maginn, 9, from Kingsdown & Ringwould CEP School claimed top spot. Maya's detailed design features candy canes and baubles – and gifts bearing messages such as "love", "hope" and "peace".

The standard of entries in this year's competition might just be the best we've ever had. I would have been proud to have any of the designs feature on my card. Yet Maya's really was truly outstanding. She clearly put a lot of thought and care into the design, which portrays the true message of Christmas.

This year's runners-up were: Nirbiga Karunakaran, 9, from Aycliffe Community Primary school; Maria Shnitnikova, 10, from St Margaret's-at-Cliffe School; and Abigail Rook, 8, from Lydden Primary School.

Maya's winning design features on the front of my Christmas card which I am sending to friends and family. The designs by the runners-up feature on the back of the card. I invited Dover District Council leader Keith Morris, as well as representatives from both Deal and Dover town councils to help judge the winner and runners-up. The judging took place at the Dover and Deal Conservatives office in Walmer on Friday, November 10th.

Deputy Mayor of Dover Roger Walker and Cllr Ann Jenner represented Dover Town Council in the judging. Cllr Keith Lee represented Deal Town Council.

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