Basingstoke schoolgirl wins competition to design centenary flower bed

Merryn Gilby and Harvey Mills with the borough Mayor and Mayoress Roger and Tricia Gardiner

Merryn Gilby and Harvey Mills with the borough Mayor and Mayoress Roger and Tricia Gardiner

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BUDDING young artist has seen her design come to life after winning a competition run by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Eleven-year-old Merryn Gilby, who lives in Monk Sherborne, was the winner of the competition that was launched by the borough council in February to design a flower bed as a tribute to servicemen who fought in the 1914-18 conflict.

And the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Councillor Roger Gardiner and Mayoress Tricia Gardiner have now showed Merryn and 11-year-old runner-up Harvey Mills the finished product at Eastrop Park.

As well as seeing her creation, which features a variety of different coloured flowers in a prominent oval flower bed, the Priory Primary School pupil was presented with a certificate and a £50 Festival Place voucher.

Merryn said: “I was really surprised to win but very pleased.”

Runner-up Harvey Mills, from Tadley, was also given a certificate and £50 Festival Place voucher for his efforts.

Cllr Gardiner said: “It is really fitting that young people should be marking this poignant anniversary in our history in such a creative way – a real link between the generations.”

For more information on the competition and other activities to mark the centenary of the First World War, visit basing stoke.gov.uk/go/WW1.

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