Trowbridge in Bloom winners have tale to tell

This Is Wiltshire: Children’s story winner Kirsty McCaffery Children’s story winner Kirsty McCaffery

Winners of the 2012 Trowbridge in Bloom competition were presented with their trophies and certificates on Tuesday night.

A ceremony at Trowbridge Civic Centre was split into sections for the junior and adult competitions, with dozens of winners and runners-up being rewarded for their work.

Jennifer Polledri, chairman of Trowbridge in Bloom, said: “It has been a pleasure to see so many more adults and children participating in the very diverse competitions this year and the enjoyment they have received from taking part.”

Also receiving prizes were the two winners of the contest’s short story competition, in the under-16 and adult categories.

Kirsty McCaffery, 13, of Trowbridge, took first place in the younger section.

The St Laurence School pupil said: “I like writing. I saw the competition in the newspaper and I found out about it at school as well.”

Of her tale, she said: “It’s about a family in Victorian times. I was happy when I won.”

The adult section winner was Ashley Wickes, 50, of The Croft in Trowbridge.

She said: “I’m part of the Friends of Biss Meadows group and came to the awards last year and the short story competition was fantastic.

“I saw it in the Wiltshire Times. It was the first time I’d written in years. I just thought I’d give it a go and I was totally gobsmacked when I got the email to say I’d won.”

Both were awarded certificates and Waterstones book tokens.

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