Central Tramway Company poetry competition attracts global interest during lockdown

Central Tramway Company, Scarborough has announced the winners of its poetry competition for children after being surprised by several entries from overseas.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 11th June 2020, 9:00 am
Central Tramway Company had entries from Saudi Arabia and India for this year’s poetry competition.
Central Tramway Company had entries from Saudi Arabia and India for this year’s poetry competition.

Central Tramway Company, Scarborough has announced the winners of its poetry competition for children after being surprised by several entries from overseas.

Due to the pandemic, the competition was promoted exclusively online this year and reached a wider audience including children from Saudi Arabia and India.

Amy Bartle at the Tramway said; “We weren’t sure whether to continue the contest this year as it was such a challenging time for everyone, but on reflection, we felt that this was a unique opportunity to encourage children to express their experience of the world in a different way, so we invited them to write about whatever they wanted to and were amazed at the response.”

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The three winners were: Nayara Gondar Aboo from Loughborough in the 5-7 category; Ollie McCarthy from Stockport in the 8-9 competition; and Tamsyn Sayles from Hampshire in the 10-11 section.

The contest was supported by the North Bay Railway and Attractions, Scarborough Castle and the Scarborough Museums Trust.

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