BRAINY youngsters took part in short story competition to celebrate the magic of storytelling.

Year six pupils at Lawford Primary School took part in the competition set up developer City and Country.

The competition marked Share-a-Story month and pupils were tasked with writing a story about Manningtree.

Katie Usher, deputy head at Lawford Primary School, said: “The children loved taking part in the competition, they were all talking about it for weeks and are so proud of the finished entries.

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Winners - Nancy, Sadie and Mia with their prize vouchersWinners - Nancy, Sadie and Mia with their prize vouchers (Image: City and Country)

“The class really enjoyed sharing their stories with each other and it was a great opportunity to get creative about our local area.”  

The pupils wrote descriptive tales of adventure and intrigue, with talented young writer Mia winning a £25 book voucher.

Two runners-up Nancy and Sadie were awarded £15 and £10 vouchers respectively.

Jennifer Rhodes-Finch, head of marketing at City and Country, added: “It was difficult to pick a winner as there were so many fascinating stories set in Manningtree, and we all really enjoyed reading them.

“However we all loved the winning story which really had us gripped and I am sure that the author has a bright career ahead – David Walliams had better watch out.”