Sam’s a jubilee winner

Sam Reddy receives his award for the winning letter about his school, St Jude's RC Primary in Worsley Mesnes
Sam Reddy receives his award for the winning letter about his school, St Jude's RC Primary in Worsley Mesnes

A YOUNG Wigan scribe’s letter to the Queen ensured his school’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations will be that bit better.

Nine-year-old Sam Reddy from St Jude’s Primary School in Worsley Mesnes, beat off competition from fellow pupils from across the borough to win the contest to write a letter to Her Majesty explaining, in less than 100 words, why their school is special.

Sam’s winning missive starts “Dear your royal Highness” before describing his teacher as being “like a ball of happiness” and saying “even though the school is older than dinosaurs it is still great.”

It so charmed organisers Recognition Express Wigan that they decided to award him the prize.

Sam, who said in his letter that his mum also went to St Jude’s, also praised the headteacher and said you could sense that it was a good school if you just walked past it.

His penmanship secured St Jude’s a Diamond Jubilee celebration pack to put around the school, including 300 official flags, Union Jack and Jubilee bunting, balloons and ribbons.

Gill Underhill, co-owner of Recognition Express Wigan, said: “Sam’s letter to the Queen was very heartfelt and moving.

“He clearly adores his school and is a very deserving winner.”

Sam was presented with his prize in the school assembly by the owners of Recognition Express, which is offering schools and companies a wide range of Jubilee-themed objects to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne.

St Jude’s head teacher Steve Barrand said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate both the Jubilee and special character of St Jude’s School.

“Having just joined the St Jude’s family, I can say that I thoroughly agree with Sam when he says you can feel the buzz of happiness here.”