Cel­e­brat­ing Gray’s day with po­etry contest

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A LIT­ER­ARY fig­ure was hon­oured at an awards evening cel­e­brat­ing po­etry in­spired by him.

The Stoke Po­ges So­ci­ety hosted an awards evening at St Giles’ Church, in Church Lane, Stoke Po­ges, to re­ward the win­ners of the Thomas Gray po­etry contest, which it ran ear­lier this year.

Judge David An­thony com­mended the very high stan­dard of en­tries, which he said made his task chal­leng­ing.

This is the first year the contest has run, prompted by the so­ci­ety’s project to re­store the 18th cen­tury poet’s tomb and mon­u­ment and raise the pub­lic’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Thomas Gray.

Gray is buried in St Giles’ Church­yard.

The com­pe­ti­tion will run in 2015 and in 2016, when the ter­cente­nary of his birth will be cel­e­brated.

The win­ning en­try was Walk­ing with the Bones and the Birds in Fairview Ceme­tery, by Martin El­ster from Hartford, Con­necti­cut, USA.

Chair­man Roger Askew and project co­or­di­na­tor Diana le Clercq wel­comed three of the prize-win­ners, Mary McLean, Cather­ine Chanter and Carolyn King, whose poem Ebb Tide was placed sec­ond.

The awards were pre­sented by project pa­tron, Lucinda Lambton.

Peo­ple were given a tour around the lo­ca­tions linked to Thomas Gray as part of the awards evening

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