Lucky winners

26 April 2013

CHILDREN in parishes and schools across Portsmouth diocese were invited to take part in an Easter competition. The challenge was to draw a picture and write 100 words to describe what Easter means. There were two categories - under-11s, and 11-to-18-year-olds - and, unsurprisingly, the majority of entries came from the younger age group. Dozens were received by email and post, and the judges had difficulty choosing eight winners.

Six of them are pictured here with their prizes: left to right: Freddie North, 8; Abigail Tuttle, 11; Dexter Hammersley, 9; Tom Bonnar, 10; Henry Bender, 10; and Jessica Comley, 11.

Dexter, who was very excited at winning, said: "I really enjoy drawing. I wasn't sure what to draw at first, the cross or the tomb. The rest of my friends were drawing the cross. I thought the tomb would be more of a challenge, and I like a challenge."

Freddie had some new paints, but had used up all the colours "except for the orange, which I used for the background, and the black, which I needed for the cross. . . I wanted to make my picture stand out more; so I used black tape for the outside."

Abigail was even more ambitious, trying to get Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Day all into one picture. "I wanted people to know how the crowd had changed. On Palm Sunday, the crowd was praising and bowing down to Jesus; but just a few days later, he was crucified. It is quite a big change."

The children were presented with their Real Easter Eggs at Portsmouth Cathedral by Canon David Isaac.

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