(pic: Lydiard Millicent speakers Maddy, Jessica and Hannah, who won the Youth Speaks trophy in Rotary's annual contest that involved teams from six local primary schools at Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall.)

ENVIRONMENTAL issues were explored by confident young public speakers from six primary schools in the annual Youth Speaks contest, organised by Rotarians at Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall.

The judges, public speaking consultant Philip Porter, Mayor Mike Farrow and Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club President Phil Tanner, were welcomed by compere Shirley Ludford, who encouraged the large audience to applaud the speakers.

Three children represented each school, and those involved were from Noremarsh, St Mary's (Purton), Lydiard Millicent, who were the eventual winners, St Bartholomew's, Longleaze and Lyneham. Mr Porter congratulated this "amazing set of children". He said that the results were close, and there were no losers. Reflecting on the wide range of environmental topics incorporated in the 18 speeches, he declared, "The planet appears to be in very good hands!"