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Contributed by John Sutton


 The children of today are the citizens of tomorrow, and we believe that it is important to encourage them to take an interest in their town and its development.  To this end we set up an annual competition in 2006 for year eight (12-13 year olds) in  all the local schools.  We have varied the topic each year but  this time we returned to our original subject – to write an essay on how they would like to see Newcastle develop over the next ten years.

Initially we had very enthusiastic responses from most of the schools but the last two years entries have fallen seriously and we are having to consider whether perhaps this project has run its course, at least for the time being.

The essays we did receive this year all showed that considerable thought had been given to the subject and some interesting ideas were put forward.

 The winner  is a pupil at St. John Fisher Catholic College and we send our congratulations both to the winner and to the school.