Leigha, 10, wins card competition

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A 10-year-old girl has won the chance to switch on Sudbury’s Christmas lights after winning the mayor’s Christmas card competition.

Leigha Thistleton, who attends Woodhall Primary School, beat off competition from other young hopefuls from across the area to win the prize with her design, which was inspired by Sudbury’s history.

Leigha was also presented with a certificate in a ceremony at the Delphi Centre on Tuesday evening, celebrating the best entrants in front on teachers and parents.

As well as switching on the lights at the festive celebration with Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey, Leigha’s card is now the official mayoral card for 2014 and will be sent out by the mayor to other officials and dignitaries, including the Queen.

The 10-year-old was given a framed picture of her design, as well as the chance to see her card being made at the printers.

Mr Spivey said Leigha’s entry stood out as it made particular reference to the town and its heritage, including Thomas Gainsborough and the water fountain featured in 101 Dalmatians.

“When we send the card to other mayors, they won’t think it’s just another Christmas card, they will think this is from Sudbury,” said Mr Spivey.

Looking forward to the switch-on with Leigha, which will take place at 6.30pm on Friday, November 28, he said: “It’s really good that children have the chance to be there and switch them on.

“With the Christmas fair in St Peter’s, the town should be packed.”

Lesley Farrow, headteacher at Woodhall Primary School, said everyone was really proud of Leigha.

“She is delighted,” said Mrs Farrow. “We think she’s done a great job and she’s really looking forward to switching on the lights.

The runners-up were, in joint second place, Ross Leeks, eight, from Acton Primary School, and Ellagrace Wells, nine, from Tudor Primary School. Third place went to Rachel Budd, 10, from Long Melford Primary School.