PUPILS from Northwich and Winsford have taken part in an annual writing competition for children across North West Academies Trust (NWAT) schools.

In a special Zoom celebration David Mitchell, Chester's official town crier, bellowed out the winners of the competition – which challenges pupils to write 500-word tales.

The budding authors let their imaginations run wild to produce an array of stories in every genre, from real life to outer space fantasy.

The Northwich schools involved included Delamere Academy and Weaverham Primary Academy.

Oak View Academy in Winsford also took part.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: "Once again I'm delighted that so many children entered and we have thoroughly enjoyed reading their stories.

"I say it every year, but the imagination they show never ceases to amaze me.

"It’s always important to celebrate hard work and achievement, but it's perhaps even more vital to shout it from the rooftops right now after the challenging 18 months we have all been through.

"This competition showcased everything that is good about our schools and why we are so proud of our children."

Delamere Academy pupil Reuben Hornby, from year two, won third place with his version of Jack and The Beanstalk.

He received £30 in Waterstones Vouchers and £150 for his school.

A £100 special prize also went to to Delamere Academy for encouraging the most children to take part.

Other Delamere Academy finalists included Nadia Kazem, Georgia Buckley, Isla Thompson and Ava Birchall.

Lilly-Marie Wadkin was a finalist for Winsford's Oak View Academy, while Hayley Lawlor Clarke and James Ashley were finalists for Weaverham Primary Academy.