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Lilly-Ann Stevens with her design and Teaching Assistant Irene Vasey
Lilly-Ann Stevens with her design and Teaching Assistant Irene Vasey

CHRISTMAS has come early for one talented town pupil who received a festive surprise when she was announced as the winner of an art competition.

And now her fantastic festive design is going to be sent out to sausage roll and chicken bake-lovers throughout the region as one of Greggs’ official Christmas cards.

Lilly-Ann Stevens working on her design

Lilly-Ann Stevens working on her design

The eight-year-old’s design will be posted to partners and trustees of Greggs throughout the North-East in the build up to Christmas and the Year 4 pupil at Owton Manor Primary School is chuffed to bits.

“I couldn’t believe it when I found out I had won,” said Lily-Ann, who lives in Maxwell Road, in the town, with her parents Heidie and Paul Boagey.

“I had no idea I was going to win, but it’s brilliant.

Around 20 children from Owton Manor Primary School took part in the Christmas art competition and their designs were up against the challenge of youngsters from 63 other primary schools across the region.

Youngsters at Owton Manor Primary School’s breakfast club all put pencil to paper on their colourful Christmas designs.

And teaching assistant and breakfast club leader Irene Vasey admitted nobody in the school thought any more of it after the designs had been sent off.

That was until they discovered that Lily-Ann had been named as the winner earlier this week.

“I was absolutely over the moon when I found out,” said Mrs Vasey.

“It’s fantastic for her, not every primary school child can say their Christmas card has won a regional competition.”

“She really likes her art and she’s very good.”

Lily-Ann, who has two older brothers, Paul, 12, and Harrison, 10, and one younger sister, Isabelle, six, surprisingly said she doesn’t spend much time drawing or painting at home.

She said: “My parents were really pleased and proud when they found out I had won.”