Students celebrate winning Duchy schools’ competition

Nine Lancashire students are celebrating after winning first prize in the Duchy of Lancaster’s Diamond Jubilee schools’ competition. More than 100 children in years seven, eight and nine entered the contest, the prize for which is a day trip to London including a special tour of Buckingham Palace.

As the reigning Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth is also the Duke of Lancaster, a hereditary title inherited by every King or Queen of England upon accession to the throne. The Duchy of Lancaster is the monarch’s private portfolio of land and property which is administered by the Duchy Council.

Left to right back row (Clitheroe Royal Grammar School) -Emily Travers , Charlotte Ashton (stands directly behind Emily), Millie Forrest, Afrose Dor, Frances Cathcart Burn, Elizabeth Saville, Gregoire Saul (from Lancaster Royal Grammar School) Anam Asad, Eleanor Doggart.  Seated (Clitheroe Royal Grammar School) – Amy Ridehalgh, Mattias Blake, Matthew Smith, Natasha Dunkinson.

Students aged 11 to 14 from schools across the county were challenged to create artwork or poetry that highlighted the role of the Duke of Lancaster in Lancashire as part of a special tribute. The Duchy received a wide range of creative entries including posters, collages, sculptures and scrapbooks.

Entries were judged by a panel which included Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire and the Queen’s representative in the county; Paul Clarke, CEO and Clerk of the Duchy Council; John Angus, director of the Storey Gallery, an independent, publicly-funded gallery, and Derri Burdon, chief executive of Curious Minds a charity that helps people and organisations realise their creative potential.

Paul Clarke, CEO and Clerk of the Duchy Council said: “We organised the competition to help remind young people of the history, role and remit of the Duke of Lancaster in this special Diamond Jubilee year. The Queen has extensive and unique historic links with Lancashire, which we were keen for the students to explore and express as creatively as possible.

“The submissions were very varied and interesting to judge. Special praise goes to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School which was crowned our overall winner based on the quality of its entries.”

Peter Halstead, deputy head at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School added: “We were very pleased to support this competition and delighted with the response from our students. Many thanks are due to our history teacher, Jenny Birch, for her support of the students and the encouragement she gave to them during their work on their submissions.

“The projects, which we ultimately submitted to the Duchy, were of an extremely high standard and we are proud of the results achieved. Our students are thrilled about the prizes.”

As well as tour of Buckingham Palace, the first prize includes a trip on the London Eye and lunch at the Duchy of Lancaster’s offices in the Strand. All of the entries submitted will be displayed at Lancaster Castle in the autumn.