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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Cockermouth girl wins contest to design jersey for winner of Cumbria's Tour of Britain stage

A 10-year-old girl from Cockermouth has beaten 1,600 others to design a jersey for the winner of the Cumbrian stage of the Tour of Britain.

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Ellie Holmes receives vouchers and an actual jersey featuring her design, from councillor Alan Barry. Also pictured are runners up Hollie Thompson and Dominic Houareau

And it was a winding road and the county’s fells that won the top prize for Ellie Holmes, from Fairfield Primary School, together with some blue sky and Union Flag patterns on the arms.

She beat pupils from 111 schools across the county in a competition run by Cumbria County Council, Active Cumbria and Sport England.

The 140-mile Cumbria stage on Monday will be the longest in the history of the modern tour, going from Carlisle through West Cumbria and finishing in Kendal.

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are expected to take part and one of them could be sporting Ellie’s jersey on the podium in Kendal.

Ellie won a £150 voucher from Scotby Cycles in Carlisle, a replica of the jersey she designed and a goodie bag.

She was “overwhelmed,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it when I was told I’d won.

“When I was thinking of the design, I wanted something that seemed both Cumbrian and British.”

Andrea Pattinson, headteacher, said: “The children are absolutely delighted and are looking forward to watching the cycle race.”

She added that the whole school would go to Main Street on Monday to watch the cyclists ride through the town.

Around 60 pupils at the school took part in the competition, which came to a close in July.

Pupils Hollie Thompson and Dominic Houareau CORR, both 10, also received goodie bags for their jersey designs, which were among the runners up.

Alan Barry, county council chairman, presented the students with their prizes. He said: “I’ve been really impressed with both the standard of entries and the amount of effort our school children have put into conjuring up their designs.

“It’s a shame that we can only have two winners but both Hannah and Ellie have done a great job of representing the county in their designs.”

Former Plumpton pupil Hannah Atkinson, 11, won the competition to design a flag for the Cumbrian stage with her sunny yellow flag impressing judges.

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