Magic bus story scoops national prize for Kirsty

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A SCARBOROUGH girl has triumphed in a national short-story writing competition launched by bus operator Arriva.

‘The Magic School Bus’ by 11-year-old Kirsty Davies was put to an online vote along with other short-listed entries from across the country - and the Gladstone Road Junior School pupil’s story came out on top!

A total of 43,000 votes were cast, with Kirsty’s story winning an impressive 8,479 of them.

‘The Magic School Bus’ is about a bus with a cafe, dance floor and luxurious leather seats, which teaches a boy called Tom a very important lesson about having a positive outlook in life.

The delighted young author was presented with a brand new laptop, along with four weeks’ free travel on Arriva buses and Waterstones book vouchers at a special ceremony outside Scarborough railway station.

John Fozzard, marketing manager for Arriva North East, said: “Kirsty’s story is engaging and well written and this has obviously been recognised by people across the country, shown by the massive number of votes the story received.

“It’s fantastic that the regional North East winner is also the overall national winner.”