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Father's Day Poetic Treat


News: Father's Day Poetic Treat

Wednesday, 23rd June 2004
(PR 1428)

Youngsters showed off their poetry skills at the same time as making Father's Day extra special.

Thanks to a competition organised by staff at Lancashire's central divisional libraries, more than 500 children penned a poem dedicated to their dad to celebrate Father's Day.

A group of 12 prize winners got together with their dads to celebrate Father's Day at the Harris Library in Preston.

All the youngsters read their poems out to their dads before being presented with Euro 2004 football goody bags.

Olivia Hill, aged five, from Leyland scooped first prize in the Under Eights category for her poem entitled "I love My Dad" and 10-year-old Reuben Roberts, from Preston won the Above Eights age group for his poem "My Dad is Great".

Sheila Burns, assistant divisional librarian for Lancashire's County and Information Services, said:

"We were thrilled that so many children took the time to write a poem.

"When the poems were read out on Father's Day there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

"Lots of the poems were very moving and some of them were ever so funny."

Lancashire County Council's Cabinet Member for Cultural Services and Communications, CC Marcus Johnstone, said:

"It's fantastic that so many children made the effort to sit down and write a poem.

"The entries were excellent and I know the library staff really enjoyed choosing the winners."

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