Jess’ design is a Christmas cracker

INVENTIVE DESIGNS: Sudbury mayor Jack Owen with the winners of the competition to design his official Christmas card. Jessica McNaul, back row, fourth from left, was named overall winner from more than 200 entrants.
INVENTIVE DESIGNS: Sudbury mayor Jack Owen with the winners of the competition to design his official Christmas card. Jessica McNaul, back row, fourth from left, was named overall winner from more than 200 entrants.
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A competition run by Sudbury mayor Jack Owen to design his official Christmas card attracted plenty of superb pictures from “budding Thomas Gainsboroughs”.

More than 200 children from primary schools in Sudbury and the surrounding area entered the annual competition.

Eight-year-old Jessica McNaul, from St Gregory Primary School, was named the overall winner on Tuesday for her image featuring a wintry town hall and Thomas Gainsborough statue, renamed “Thomas Freezeborough”.

Her mum Claire and grandparents David and Margaret McMahon watched as she collected her prize and certificate at The Delphi Centre.

Jessica was given a set of colouring pens and her design will be sent out across the town and even to the USA, France and Germany as the mayor’s Christmas card. She said she was pleased to have won and renamed the statue as it was a funny name.

“Her design is what Sudbury stands for, with the town hall and the statue,” said Mr Owen. “We had some very inventive entries, there are a few budding Thomas Gainsboroughs around.”

Leigha Thistelton, from Woodhall Primary School, and Lucy Bowes from Wells Hall Primary School finished joint second, Jessica Bowen and Abigail Banham, both from Wells Hall Primary School, were named joint third and Maisie Taylor from Great Waldingfield Primary School came fourth.

A further 20 children were also highly commended for their competition entries.