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King's Lynn pupil Josh's winning Mini design inspred by Hull Tigers

PUBLISHED: 13:01 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:42 23 November 2017

Howard Junior School pupil Josh Barnes (7) won a competition with Listers Mini Dealership to design the paintwork of a brand new car. Picture: Ian Burt

Howard Junior School pupil Josh Barnes (7) won a competition with Listers Mini Dealership to design the paintwork of a brand new car. Picture: Ian Burt

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Not many seven-year-olds get to turn a brand new car into a tiger.

The moment Howard Junior School pupil Josh Barnes (7) saw the brand new car that he had designed. Picture: Ian BurtThe moment Howard Junior School pupil Josh Barnes (7) saw the brand new car that he had designed. Picture: Ian Burt

Josh Barnes beat off hundreds of other youngsters to design a livery for the latest Mini.

The competition was run by King’s Lynn-based Listers Mini dealership.

The firm’s sales manager Michael Jones brought the car to Howard Junior School, where Josh is a pupil, for its official unveiling.

The brand new car designed by Howard Junior School pupil Josh Barnes (7). Picture: Ian BurtThe brand new car designed by Howard Junior School pupil Josh Barnes (7). Picture: Ian Burt

“It’s brilliant, we’re so proud of him,” said class teacher Georgie Peate. “There were a lot of entries from our school and from other schools.”

Mr Jones said the car would be used as a demonstrator and static exhibit at events.

“The idea is to get Josh his 15 minutes of fame around Norfolk,” he added.

Howard Junior School pupil Josh Barnes (7) won a competition with Listers Mini Dealership to design the paintwork of a brand new car. Also pictured is Sales Manager Mike Jones. Picture: Ian BurtHoward Junior School pupil Josh Barnes (7) won a competition with Listers Mini Dealership to design the paintwork of a brand new car. Also pictured is Sales Manager Mike Jones. Picture: Ian Burt

Josh said the tiger design was inspired by Hull Tigers, his favourite football team and the Number 10 shirt of his favourite player Abel Hernandez. Seeing the finished car for the first time, he said it was “awesome”.

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