Artist’s brush with a VIP

Bugthorpe school - Penny Garside - Angela Ekers and Lord Halifax
Bugthorpe school - Penny Garside - Angela Ekers and Lord Halifax

A BUDDING artist rubbed shoulders with a VIP recently after her painting skills landed her commendation.

Young Penny Garside from Bugthorpe Primary had her work chosen from 15,000 entries into a national art competition run by Look and Learn, an online educational picture library which runs regular competitions for schoolchildren.

For the latest competition, they were tasked to draw a portrait of Queen Elizabeth.

And five-year-old Penny, who is from Millington, was gobsmacked when she was told her effort had been highly commended. To celebrate, Lord Halifax visited the school to congratulate her and hand over her prizes, which included a mug, a Look and Learn bumper book, a certificate, her painting framed and £35. The Queen herself was also sent a digital frame with all the winning entrants’ paintings on it.

A spokesperson for the school said: “Penny’s face lit up when we told her.

We invited Lord Halifax to present Penny with her prizes, we were delighted that he could attend. Seven other children from the class of 20 were also short listed – so we plan to enter more competitions from now on!