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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Sydney takes the winning flag in design competition

AN excellent, eye-catching design created by a talented schoolgirl has been selected to be a focal part of the big night.

Sydney Victoria Atkinson has won the Evening Mail’s competition – sponsored by the Furness Building Society – to design the start flag for the race.

The 12-year-old Ulverston Victoria High School pupil’s drawing has been made into a full-size flag to signal the beginning of the contest.

Sydney, of Strathmore Avenue, Walney, was over the moon when told her entry had been picked from the many submitted.

The keen swimmer, who is part of Barrow Amateur Swimming Club, said: “I was just so excited. When I was thinking about how it would look, I just wanted it to be a bit different.

“I was really happy with it. I thought I had a bit of a chance.”

Sydney’s mum Sharon Atkinson was thrilled for her daughter, but admitted the congratulatory call from the Evening Mail came as something as a surprise.

She said: “She is absolutely overwhelmed; thrilled to bits. Her teacher told them ‘there is this competition, you can enter if you want’.

And she came home, drew the picture and took it back to school and that was that. She has mentioned a couple of times: ‘I wonder when we’ll find out if I won mam?’

“But we didn’t appreciate the gravity of what it actually was. We thought it was maybe the Tour de Furness, not something with so much kudos. She has gone to school today (last Thursday) starry-eyed!”

Martin Cutbill, Furness Building Society sales and marketing director, said: “I think Sydney has designed a great flag design for this prestigious event.

“It is simple and has lots of impact with the cyclist crossing the finishing line arms aloft. I would encourage everyone to go see the racing and see the flag in action!”

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