Youngsters’ talent for speaking hands them victory to talk about

Woodfield Primary School came third in JuniorSpeaks competition
Woodfield Primary School came third in JuniorSpeaks competition
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PUPILS across Wigan gave cancer a good talking to as they took part in a public speaking competition.

Wigan Rotary Club held its seventh annual Junior Speaks event, where local primary schools entered a team consisting of four year six pupils, who could talk about any topic.

The winners were Aspull Church Primary School, who discussed whether children should be taught about cancer.

The school was also victorious in two of the three new awards introduced in the 2014 event.

Katie Cooper won best chairperson and Freya Mawson was named best speaker, whilst best vote of thanks went to Woodfield’s Alex Fitzpatrick.

Runners up were Shevington County Primary School and Woodfield took third place.

Three preliminary heats were held before the final, which took place at last year’s winners Highfield St Matthew’s Primary School.

The six primary schools to progress to the final were Aspull Church, Shevington County, Woodfield, St Catharine’s, St Aidan’s and Standish Wood Fold.

The final showcased a wide variety of debating topics such as books or e-books, the environment and putting the Great in Great Britain.

Lesley Hargreaves, of Wigan Rotary Club, said: ”The quality of the presentations from the primary school contestants was excellent.”