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Dad’s old car inspiration for winning poem

A poem about his dad’s old car has landed youngster Sean O’Neill with the title of poetry champion.

The primary six pupil, from Motherwell, was named champion in the Reigart Poetry Partnership contest, in which more than 1,000 youngsters from across the region took part.

The talented young writer, from Motherwell’s St Brendan’s Primary School, wrote a poem entitled To An Old Banger, which was a funny love letter to his dad’s old car.

Russell Brown, North Lanarkshire Council’s children and young people’s library services manager, congratulated Sean and the other competitors during a ceremony at the Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life, in Coatbridge.

He said: “We have seen a wonderful array of quality poems submitted as part of this year’s Reigart Poetry Partnership poetry competition.

“I would like to congratulate all our winners and Sean, our overall winner, in particular.

“The partnership gives us an opportunity to showcase the very best talent from across the authority.

“As we can see from the quality of the poems submitted this year, we have a lot of poetic talent to celebrate.”

The competition, which is an annual event, is sponsored by the North Lanarkshire demolition firm Reigart.

The poems were judged in age categories and then prizes were also given for the overall winner, the adjudicator’s prize and an adult category winner.

Linda Connolly of Motherwell was a winner in the adult category, while Euan Stirling of Abronhill Primary in Cumbernauld, Aaron Curtis of St Edward’s Primary in Airdrie, Gavin Glover of Kilsyth Academy and Cameron Mackay of Kirk O’Shotts Primary in Salsburgh were winners in their age groups.

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