May 7, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea opticians shop announces winners of poetry contest

The winners of a poetry competition run by a Burnham-On-Sea opticians have been announced this week.

Specsavers in Burnham High Street launched the competition to coincide with World Poetry Day during March and asked creative locals for poems no longer than 250 words based around the theme of eyes and sight.

"We were thrilled with the number of entries we had in the competition. Burnham obviously has a lot of budding Keats and Wordsworths in its midst," Rama Venkat, store director at Specsavers in Burnham, told

Ably assisted by Gavin Morris, head teacher at St Andrews School C of E Junior School, the judging was a tricky process due to the quality of entries.

Jacqueline Cooper was eventually chosen as the winner in the adult category (over 12 years) and was presented with a voucher for £200 to spend in store. Her humorous poem about the realisation she needed glasses was a real hit.

Eleven-year-old Scarlett Puddy was the winner in the children's category, receiving a selection of chocolate treats. Her poem was an observational take on what goes on in Burnham which went down very well with the team.

Rama Venkat said: "We really enjoyed reading them all and it was a tough choice to pick the winners but we felt Jacqueline and Scarlett's entries really stood out. A big thank you to everyone that took the time to enter and keep your eyes peeled as you never know, it might be something we do again."


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