Lucy cashes in on competition

PUBLISHED: 05:59 08 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:10 31 May 2010

Lucy Lewis surrounded by poetic inspiration - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Lucy Lewis surrounded by poetic inspiration - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

HOLIDAYS in Barbados may be just a dream to most people, but 10-year-old Lucy Lewis is in with a shout of winning just that after penning a poem about pomegranates. The Manuden Primary School pupil is one of 16 finalists to be chosen from more than 20,000

HOLIDAYS in Barbados may be just a dream to most people, but 10-year-old Lucy Lewis is in with a shout of winning just that after penning a poem about pomegranates.

The Manuden Primary School pupil is one of 16 finalists to be chosen from more than 20,000 entrants in Cancer Research UK's Pound a Poem competition.

And headteacher Linda Talbot said the school was overjoyed by the news.

She said: "We were absolutely amazed and delighted when the letter came through on Friday, it was a really pleasant surprise.

"Lucy has worked really hard and everyone at the school has their fingers crossed that she can go even further and win it."

The Stansted poet was one of 40 pupils at the school to enter the national Pear Foundation-sponsored competition which saw seven to 11-year-olds rhyming about fruit and vegetables.

Mrs Talbot added: "We'll know by the end of the month if Lucy has won and we've all asked if she wants to take us to Barbados with her!"

Even if Lucy is not lucky enough to win, the final 16 poems will be published in a book alongside a collection of verses from celebrities.

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