Contest puts the focus on summer

Back row (L-R)  Morpeth Lions President Dave Wheeler, Head teacher Miss Elaine Reay; Lion Les Brindley.'(Middle & Front Rows) Prize winners with Mrs Brenda Bell (Maia Smith holding the George Bell Trophy for Best in Competition photograph.)
Back row (L-R) Morpeth Lions President Dave Wheeler, Head teacher Miss Elaine Reay; Lion Les Brindley.'(Middle & Front Rows) Prize winners with Mrs Brenda Bell (Maia Smith holding the George Bell Trophy for Best in Competition photograph.)
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ONCE again there were many pretty pictures entered for Morpeth First School’s annual photo competition.

Pupils were asked to take snaps that captured summer holiday memories and the George Bell Trophy for the overall winner was awarded to Maia Smith.

Prizes of cameras were given to all the year group winners, with the costs being borne by Morpeth Lions Club.

The community organisation’s involvement in the competition started a few years ago when Brenda Bell, George’s widow, was invited to judge the entries.

Mr Bell was well known throughout the area for the photographs he took of many local functions and events.

Mrs Bell said: “This was not an easy job as the entries were of a very high standard. Eventually I decided that Maia should be awarded the trophy for her well displayed photograph of highland cattle.

“I would like to congratulate the school for fostering its pupils’ interest.”

Within the Lions organisation, Mr Bell was a past District Governor.

He and his wife were equally known throughout the country for his extensive involvement and her excellent support. To mark this effort, the club awarded him the Melvyn Jones Fellowship, Lions Clubs International’s highest award.

Morpeth Lions President Dave Wheeler said: “We are very pleased that the school continues to remember George in this way.

“It would be nice to think that our involvement will inspire the children towards photography as a hobby and possibly a career.”