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Newark: East Markham Primary School pupil wins nationwide contest ran by Gala Tent

A unique tent has been delivered to a primary school as part of a nationwide contest.

The pop-up shelter was designed by year four pupil Freya Foster (pictured) for the competition, which was organised by Rotherham-based company Gala Tent.

With 3,200 votes, Freya’s design was not just the most popular in her age group, but it became the most popular of the whole competition.

The tent was presented to competition winner, Freya (49147800)
The tent was presented to competition winner, Freya (49147800)

Laura Duggin, East Markham head, said, “As we are a small school, our budgets don’t provide much cover for refurbishments and improvements, and we have recently had to manage crowd-funding and other fundraising events to get our new building opened.

“Our outdoor area is beautiful but it’s very open, so this much-needed tent will give our children somewhere nice to sit in the shade.”

The contest was organised by Gala Tent as a way to try to bring some cheer to schoolchildren after a difficult 18 months, and was so well-received the company directors made an early decision to increase the number of prizes on offer from one to three.

Freya's winning design got 3,200 votes. (49147793)
Freya's winning design got 3,200 votes. (49147793)

Once the designs were judged and a final six were selected, they were put on the company Facebook page for a week of voting by the public.

Ryan Bracha, Gala Tent marketing manager, said, “It really went down to the wire. I spent the whole of the final evening watching East Markham Primary going head-to-head with another school from Kent.

“At one point they were a hundred votes behind, then they were neck and neck, and ultimately they just managed to pip their rivals to the post and win Freya’s design on a tent.”

“They should be very proud of Freya and themselves.” for such a strong show of support.”

The tent (49147797)
The tent (49147797)

The Gala Tent staff were invited along to East Markham Primary’s ‘Good News Assembly’ where Freya was first presented with a certificate and some personalised prizes before the tent was unveiled for the children from the whole school to see.

Ryan said, “It was such a nice experience to be able to go and share the school’s success with them, and we received a tremendous welcome. I am delighted that the prize was won by such a genuinely lovely group of people.”

The tent will now be used to provide welcome shade for children in East Markham’s refurbished outdoor area.

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