Rhyme for tea

1100 read­ers’ amaz­ing re­sponse to our bis­cuit wrap­per writ­ing con­test

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Jane Bar­rie

En­tries to our Tun­nock’s po­etry com­pe­ti­tion have snow­balled, with more than 1100 rhymes re­ceived by the clos­ing date.

We chal­lenged schoolkids to pro­duce po­etry which fits on the back of one of the bis­cuit f irm’s fa­mous caramel wafer wrap­pers.

The re­sponse has been so great that Boyd Tun­nock him­self took time out last week to sift through the mas­sive moun­tain of mail.

Pic­tured at his desk at the fa­mous fac­tory in Ud­dingston, La­nark­shire, Boyd, 84, beamed: “This is mar­vel­lous. It’s won­der­ful that schoolchil­dren from all over Scot­land have taken the time to put pen to wrap­per.

“We’ve had po­ems from far and wide – lots from chil­dren in the Cen­tral Belt but also from the High­lands, Perth, the Isle of Ar­ran and Dum­fries.”

Boyd, who has been at the helm of the fam­ily- run firm for 34 years, was so im­pressed that we’ve de­cided to print a few of the en­tries. Now our panel of judges have the task of read­ing ev­ery rhyme and com­ing up with a short­list and even­tual win­ner.

Boyd added: “The chil­dren have been very cre­ative, not just with their words. We’ve had en­tries in Brai lle, some wrapped in home-made Tun­nock’s car­tons, oth­ers on coloured back­grounds and with art­work at­tached. The kids have really gone to town.”

We launched the con­test with ac­tor San­jeev Kohli and pupils at Muiredge Pri­mary School in Ud­dingston, a stone’s throw from the fac­tory, on Septem­ber 3.

The brief was to write a poem about a day at school.

Tun­nock’s came up with the idea af­ter for­mer­mer poet lau­re­atee Ted Hughess penned threee po­ems on the back off Tu n no ck’ s wrap­per s inn 1987.

He had re­sponded to a fundrais­ing ap­peal by stu­dents at Stt An­drews Univer­sity’s Tun­nock’s Caramel Wafer Ap­pre­ci­a­tion So­ci­ety.

Tun­nock’s sales man­ager Fer­gus Loudon said: “One of the po­ems was found and sold at auc­tion for £575.

“An­other was on dis­play at the univer­sity’s mu­seum. It seemed the per­fect ve­hi­cle to get kids to start writ­ing.”

The star prize is a VIP tour of Tun­nock’s fac­tory for the win­ner’s en­tire class. There are 100 run­ners-up prizes of a Tun­nock’s pen­cil case filled with lim­ited edi­tion sta­tionery.

Boyd said: “It’s clear the chil­dren have thought care­fully about their words.

“The whole point of the com­pe­ti­tion was to in­spire young minds and im­prove lit­er­acy – that’s hat’s ex­actly what we’ve achieved.”

Judges in­clud­ing San­jeev, Fer­gus rgus and Sun­day Mail con­sumer ed­i­tor di­tor Jane Bar­rie will spend the com­ing ming weeks analysing the en­tries.

The win­ner will be an­nouncedd in the Sun­day Mail be­fore Christ­mas. mas.

Boyd said: “The judg­ing panel will have their work cut out to even come ome up with a short­list.

“It’s a mam­moth task but they are ex­cited at the prospect.

“I’m de­lighted the con­test has as been such a suc­cess.”

We’ve had po­ems from all over the coun­try. It’s been a great suc­cess

EX­CITED San­jeev and Fer­gus launch the school com­pe­ti­tion CHOC AND AWE Boyd looks through the po­ems in his of­fice at Tun­nock’s Pic Vic­to­ria Ste­wart

PRAISE Some of the en­tries sent in by pri­mary school chil­dren

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