The winner of Bridgnorth Art Trail’s Summer Anagram Competition, Pascoe Reynolds, aged 9, travelled over a hundred miles from Sheffield to Bridgnorth on Saturday to collect his prize – a family ticket on the Severn Valley Railway!
Pascoe, and his family (including his brothers, Caspar (10) and Jago (7) picured) were visiting their grandparents Bill & Marilyn Hammerton, of Salop Street, Bridgnorth this summer, when they completed the “Catch-me-who-can” Art Trail, solved the 12-letter anagram and submitted Pascoe’s name into the free prize draw.
Cllr Ron Whittle drew the winner and two runners-up in September from a box containing over a hundred entries emailed and posted to at the library.
Pascoe Reynolds won first prize and his family travelled down from Sheffield to be presented their prize by the Mayor and SVR Station Master, Chris Thomas at Bridgnorth Station. They were in luck as the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala was in full swing, and Pascoe was invited into the driver’s cab to receive his certificate and family tickets. The Reynolds family spent the following day on the Severn Valley Railway, using their “freedom of the line” family ticket and mum-of-three Louise got in touch upon their return to say, “We had a great day, thanks so much. We went to Kidderminster and back and spent some time in the Engine House”
Runners-up Naomi Clayden, of Sidbury and Amy Bagnall, of Morville each received “Bridgnorth Art Trail” Tshirts for their family and their certificates.
The Clayden family also made it to the Diesel Gala and were presented their prize by Cllr Ron Whittle, Mayor and Cllr Julia Buckley, chair of Bridgnorth art Trail (pictured).
Welcoming the successful families at Bridgnorth Station, chair of the Art Trail Cllr Julia Buckley thanked them for their supreme effort to collect their prize,
“What a fantastic result all round: a worthy prize for this young family who’s three children walked the two-mile art trail and participated in our competition. And Bridgnorth can be really proud that we are confirmed as a tourist destination worth a visit from Yorkshire for the weekend. For the future economic prosperity of our town and local businesses we need to build on this strength as a tourist beauty spot with cultural activities for all”.
The next round of the anagram competition will be drawn at Easter 2019 and details can be found on the free trail map, and here on the website. The Art Trail working group are also exploring the development of a mobile phone app with local specialists from Rock Solid Knowledge, to broaden the age-appeal of the trail, through computer games. “Teenagers and tech-savvy adults will love the challenges and trophies in the new app, to keep the trail fresh” explained Cllr Julia Buckley. “Keep an eye on our facebook page for the announcement when we go live: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CatchMeWhoCanBridgnorthArtTrail/“