Christmas comes early for local youngsters with MP’s card contest

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Lewes MP Norman Baker has announced his annual Christmas card competition.

Letters were going out this week inviting local primary school children to create pictures and poems along the theme of ‘sporting Christmas’, ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.

Each year the winners receive gift vouchers for the Lewes children’s bookshop Bags of Books. Certificates are also given to the best entries from each school. All winners will be invited on a tour of the Houses of Parliament. The card itself will be sent out to hundreds of individuals, businesses and local organisations.

Last year Jacob Antoniades and Joseph Rivero-Beasley, students from Chailey Heritage School, won the picture competition while the prize for best poem went to Freddie Haggar from Wallands School, Lewes.

Mr Baker said: “I chose sports as the theme to both fit with the upcoming Winter Olympics and also to highlight the importance of health and fitness amongst children, setting them up for a healthy life in the long-term.”