PUPILS from York primary schools have taken part in a public speaking competition, aimed at raising their awareness of the city's architectural and historic delights.

York Civic Trust ran its second annual contest for Year 6 pupils in the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, before an audience of parents, local dignitaries and members of the trust.

Eleven schools entered a team of two pupils. who chose to speak on a topic from a list of five relating to York, the most popular of which was:'I love York because…..'

The winners were Lorien Birch and Josephine Lewis, from Naburn Primary School, who received theatre vouchers for themselves.

Their school received the York Civic Trust Public Speaking Award, which was specially designed by Dick Reid, the internationally renowned designer and sculptor, and carved in light oak by a Minster carver.

Lord Deramore’s school came second, and St. Wilfrid’s third.

The contest was judged by trust president Darrell Buttery, Cllr Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education and Keith Hayton, former head of Fulford School and judge of North of England Public Speaking Competitions.

Mr Buttery, speaking on behalf of the judges, congratulated participants on the outstanding level of their performance, which was even higher than had been achieved last year.