Ration book menu and aviation artwork a hit

Bethan Spriggs, winner of the menu competition, alongside Wing Commander Bennett of RAF Cranwell.
Bethan Spriggs, winner of the menu competition, alongside Wing Commander Bennett of RAF Cranwell.

TWO children were crowned last week as the winners of two competitions run to mark Armed Forces Day 2012.

Both competitions, organised by North Kesteven District Council were a great success, together attracting around 200 entries.

Young people in Years 3-6 across North Kesteven were invited to prepare a meal fit for a returning Second World War hero’s celebratory meal. Using the rations available at the time and the food typically available, the challenge was to create an inventive three-course feast.

Bethan Spriggs’ mouth-watering creation of pumpkin soup with soda bread, spam hash with carrot and potato mash and boiled cabbage, followed by eggless fruit cake, all served with homemade wine, found itself first choice from the entries in this category.

The colouring competition for children in Reception up to Year 3 attracted a similarly excellent standard of entries. Lucy Robinson was the prizewinner in this category, with her beautifully neat and true-to-life colouring of airborne Lancaster planes flying in formation.

Both Lucy and Bethan (who coincidentally happen to live in the same village), together with their families, were VIP guests of North Kesteven District Council for the day at the Armed Forces parade on Sunday July 1.

They also attended the post-parade reception, where they received a certificate, a £20 book token donated by AT Events, and a goody bag containing various gifts with a military theme from NKDC. The prizes were presented by Wing Commander Ashley Bennett, Commandant of RAF College Cranwell.

Each of the 200 or so entrants will also receive a certificate commending their fantastic efforts.

NKDC Leader Cllr Mrs Marion Brighton OBE said: “The entries to the two competitions were extremely good and well thought-out, with the winning entries clearly having been considered very carefully.”