Write on Norfolk: Winners of the age five to seven category

PUBLISHED: 06:45 03 October 2016

Three of the winners of the Write On Norfolk competition, with judge, Wendy Thomson. From left, Harrisen Hale, bronze; Dakota Flannagan, silver; and Toby Adlam, gold. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Three of the winners of the Write On Norfolk competition, with judge, Wendy Thomson. From left, Harrisen Hale, bronze; Dakota Flannagan, silver; and Toby Adlam, gold. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2016

Here are the three prize winners in the age five to seven category of the Write on Norfolk creative writing competition.

Gold, Toby Adlam, seven, Erpingham Primary School

Let me begin with my name. It’s Billy the barn owl but you can call me Bill. I am rather a handsome barn owl with brown and black speckled feathers, a creamy white face and two beautiful black eyes to look into the distance and see many things. Our story begins at the Norfolk Broads where I see three people I know called Toby, James and Alex taking Never Can Tell 2 for a sail. It’s a hot and sunny day and is the first time Toby has been sailing. He is very good with the rudder. Further up the river, I see Salhouse Broad and people queueing up very excitedly for a delicious ice cream from the anchored ice cream boat. It’s a shame I don’t like ice cream especially on this hot day. I take a break from flapping my massive wings at Ranworth, and I perch on top of the church tower so I can see for miles around. From this height I can see Never Can Tell 2 coming back with its trusty sailors on board. I see a flash of blue as the amazing Kingfisher dives into the river and comes out with a tasty fish for its lunch.

Our next stop is Erpingham. Today the children at Erpingham Primary School are learning about Sir Thomas of Erpingham and the battle of Agincourt. They watch archery and fencing. I love to dodge the flying arrows shot from the big long bow! Oh there’s a little mouse for me, yum yum!

To the splashing waves and cool sand at Cromer next. Lots of children are making sand castles and catching crabs. I can smell hot chips and hear the noisy arcade machines.

I swoop down over Wroxham Barns to look at the sheep, cows and horses on the Junior Farm. Oh those cheeky goats trying to nibble the children feeding them. It’s time for the lambs’ bottle feed and I can hear noisy children in the barn helping with it.

Hovering over Norwich cathedral, I look at the Peregrine falcons nesting at the top of the tower. Even though we are all birds of prey, I am better at hunting and far more beautiful.

I fly around the magnificent Norwich castle and look at the ramparts. My least favourite thing about the castle is the stuffed owls in the glass jars! I wish they could be flying with me today, what brilliant fun we would have.

I follow a train from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and watch people enjoying the snail ride at Joyland, which many families of barn owls have enjoyed.

Time for a quick prehistoric adventure at the Dinosaur Park. Look as I brave flying through the jaws of t-rex! And I see a saber tooth tiger, a woolly mammoth and some cave men!

Well then, what a wonderful flight around beautiful Norfolk. Time for me to go and rest ready for my next adventure, which I may tell you about soon.

Silver, Dakota Flannagan, seven, Scarning Primary School

Once upon a time there was a girl called Coral she was a lovely mermaid and she had two sisters Sophie and Alice who were princesses. Their mummy and daddy were King Marlin and Queen Oceania.

They all lived in a castle under the sea near Holkham beach in Norfolk. One day a scuba diver called Mike came to dive under the sea and saw the mermaid castle, all the mermaids hid in a secret Chamber as they were scared.

Mike came up to the surface and the mermaids came out of the secret chamber, Mike told everyone about the beautiful castle he had seen in the sea. Everyone thought he was making it up, they stopped talking looked at him and laughed. Mike felt disappointed so took his friends to the castle and they could not believe what they saw. They saw a mermaid it was Coral and she was terrified, they caught her in a net and she screamed for help. They took her to the beach, her tail turned blue the beach was sandy and had lots of sea shells and stones. She was so frightened as she had never been on this beach before, it was full of people and big furry animals that made lots of barking type noises, some were on a long bit of rope and others were running free.

Mike lived in a big house nearby that was known as Holkham Hall his name was Mike Coke. The house was really big and had a huge garden with a swimming pool. He took Coral to his house to put her in the pool, his friends helped him carry Coral over the beach through the trees and and up a really long lane into the house. Coral was still crying and wanted to go back to her castle. Lots of people came to see the mermaid and then someone from Great Yarmouth came and took her to a new home at the Sea life centre.

Coral was missing her sisters, mum and dad and was very unhappy. Mike went back to the Mermaid castle and found her family, he took them to be with Coral at the sea life centre. They got fresh fish for breakfast everyday and they performed special diving tricks for the visiting boys and girls. Every day that passed, Coral and her family cried and were sad as they missed the sea and the castle - they wished that someone would rescue them.

Their sad cries were heard over the wind by Willie the whale who summoned all the sea creature friends nearby. Willie whipped his huge tail and a large wave of water flooded the sea life centre allowing Coral and her family to escape into the sea and they were never seen again. Even the castle had disappeared.

If you should ever go to Holkham at night you may just hear Coral singing in the wind.

Bronze, Harrisen Hale, seven, home educated

My nest is atop Norwich Cathedral spire,

I look down on the city as I soar higher and higher,

I see the beautiful market with its coloured stalls,

the Norman castle with its thick stone walls.

Chapelfield Gardens with its bandstand and chess,

a pantomime dame in a fairy tale dress.

I hear church bells pealing for miles around,

busking musicians join the sound,

swans honking as they fly in formation,

trains tooting as they enter the station.

I smell the river Wensum full of fish,

tasty chips a local dish,

freshly cut grass at Carrow road,

Eaton park gardens neatly hoed.

I`m a Peregrine Falcon my name is Pete

I have the whole of Norwich at my feet.

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