Georgia’s happy journey wins her an equally happy journey

The winning train design by Ava Buchan. ANL-141216-143227001
The winning train design by Ava Buchan. ANL-141216-143227001

Georgina Stamp (10) from Billingborough Primary School has won a runner-up prize in East Coast’s ‘Happy Journeys’ competition.

She designed her own happy journey which was chosen out of just under 1,000 entries by author and illustrator Judith Kerr and CBeebies star Mister Maker.

Runner up Georgina Stamp. ANL-141216-144453001

Runner up Georgina Stamp. ANL-141216-144453001

Georgina’s prize is First Class family return tickets to any destination along the East Coast route, and she will also receive a signed letter of congratulations from Mister Maker and a signed copy of The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.

The competition asked children to come up with a design which could have been inspired by a happy journey they had already been on - perhaps a trip to the seaside with the family - or a trip they wouldd like to go on, such as a city adventure with friends

On winning the competition, Georgina said: “I am very pleased I have won the prize. I haven’t decided where to go yet but I promise to take lots of photos!”

Children up and down the East Coast route from London to Edinburgh were asked to submit a picture of their own happy journey to celebrate five years of service on the line while helping to promote the train operator’s adopted charity, Railway Children.

Railway Children strives to provide protection and opportunity for children with no one to turn to and nowhere to go in the UK, India and East Africa.

Competition judge Judith said: “I loved Georgina’s choice of colours and design used to represent her happy journey, the shapes were absolutely fantastic!”

Mister Maker added: “All of the entries were great and it was very difficult to shortlist.

“I loved Georgina’s wonderful use of colour and interesting design work, it was very carefully drawn!”

The competition winner, Ava Buchan (5), from Hull, has seen her drawing replicated on a large scale model made from train parts by artist Ptolemy Elrington.

East Coast Managing Director Karen Boswell, said: “This competition has provided a great opportunity to showcase creativity and support a charity very close to our hearts.

“It was extremely hard to narrow down to the winning competitions due to the vast number of very creative and unique drawings.”