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Young poets in Lichfield and Burntwood urged to help celebrate Staffordshire Day

Budding poets in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to put pen to paper to mark Staffordshire Day.

Children are being invited to enter the I Love Staffordshire competition in the 7-11 and 11-16 age groups.

The competition, which runs until April 7, is hoping to capture views of the county through words.

Sarah Montgomery, Chair of Enjoy Staffordshire which is organising the competition, said: “As well as attracting visitors into Staffordshire, we want Staffordshire Day to be something the whole community can get behind – including our young people.

“This competition gives them a chance to show the world how much they love their county and why people should visit for short breaks and day trips.”

The winners will bag a trip for their class to Trentham Monkey Forest, Thrill Hopper passes, a £50 One4All gift card, and a workshop for the winner’s school with performance poet Giovanni Esposito.

Staffordshire Day – which is on May 1 – was launched last year to help celebrate the region.

Cllr Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for the libraries and arts service, said: “Last year was a massive success and this year we hope to make the day even bigger and better.

“We are a creative and talented county and this competition will give children a chance to shine, plus they could win a great prize.”

Entries can be sent to info@enjoystaffordshire.com or handed in at libraries in Lichfield or Burntwood before 5pm on April 7. Entry forms are available online.

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