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David Flood cel­e­brates 30 years

Leeds Cas­tle is invit­ing chil­dren to cel­e­brate its 900th an­niver­sary by en­ter­ing its Big 900 Story Writ­ing Chal­lenge.

Broad­caster and au­thor Clare Bald­ing (above) will be judg­ing, as will ceo Sir David Steel and He­len El­lis, head of ed­u­ca­tion.

Chil­dren aged five to nine and 10 to 13 are en­cour­aged to write a story of up to

900 words based loosely around the themes of ‘cas­tles’ and ‘time travel.’

En­tries will be short­listed by the cas­tle’s ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment be­fore the win­ners are se­lected by Clare Bald­ing and the in­house panel.

The win­ning sto­ries will be placed within a time cap­sule and buried in front of the cas­tle, only to be opened 100 years from now at the cas­tle’s mil­len­nium.

Ten fi­nal­ists from each age cat­e­gory, along with their fam­i­lies, will be in­vited to an Awards Day at Leeds Cas­tle on 30 May 2019.

The two vic­tors will win a ham­per of prizes, a fam­ily stay at Knight’s Glamp­ing, a pri­vate tour of the cas­tle and fam­ily tick­ets to the Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar 2019.

They will be in­vited to take part in the time cap­sule cer­e­mony on 25 June, join­ing HRH Princess Alexan­dra, pa­tron of Leeds Cas­tle.

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