Rhyme for tea
1100 readers’ amazing response to our biscuit wrapper writing contest
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