Laura’s ghostly tale takes top spot in contest

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A SCHOOLGIRL could be on her way to literary stardom after being voted the regional winner of a short story competition.

The Haunted Bus, penned by 13-year-old Laura Henderson, who lives in Skelmersdale, was put to the public vote by Arriva North West along with other short-listed entries.

Amazingly, Laura’s story – which tells a tale about a mysterious bus driver who turns out to be a ghost – received 75 per cent of the 4,800-plus votes cast across the region.

Laura was awarded four week’s free travel on Arriva North West buses, as well as Waterstone’s book vouchers.

The competition was timed to coincide with World Book Day, which takes place today, and aims to promote the pleasure of reading to young and old across the country.

Debra Mercer, marketing manager for Arriva North West, said: “We invited children under 16 to write a short story about a memorable bus journey because we really want to encourage them to read on their journeys to school.

“Laura’s story, The Haunted Bus, was short-listed because it is engaging and well written, and this has obviously been recognised by people in the North West given the number of votes the story has received.”

l For a picture special on World Book Day fun around the borough see tomorrow’s Wigan Evening Post.