Young Welwyn Garden City photographers get snapping for town’s centenary

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Welwyn Garden City School Participation in Welwyn Garden City Centenary Celebrations

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 September 2017

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Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Lynne Sparks with members of WGC Photographic Club and some of the winners and finalists of the photographic competition. Picture: Danny Loo

 Young Welwyn Garden City photographers were thrilled to receive awards for their eye-catching images.

Pupils from across schools in the town have been out and about with their cameras as part of Welwyn Garden City Photographic Club’s competition to help celebrate the town’s upcoming centenary.

Following the success of this year’s competition, it will be repeated every year up to and including the 2020 centenary year with all schools invited to take part.

The competition is one of a number of events taking place to celebrate the town’s milestone.

The WGC Centenary Foundation has been set up to coordinate a programme of events to ensure the anniversary is marked.

The foundation’s aim is to bring together residents and businesses, old and new, to play a part in commemorating the garden city’s 100 years.

Richard White, chairman of the photographic club, said: “We are delighted to be the very first organisation to start the ball rolling towards 2020, the town’s centenary year. “I was greatly impressed with the standard of the photos submitted.”

Stanborough School headteacher Peter Brown said: “I am delighted that the schools are the first to be involved in the centenary celebrations.”

Centenary Foundation project leader Dennis Lewis said: “We have seen some amazing photographs. It was very difficult to judge.”

The 2017 photographic awards went to:

Monk’s Walk pupils Jess Ray-Stagg, Jasmine Ward, Jake Stewart, Jamie Searle and Ruby Jennings Poole.

Templewood School pupil Eleanor Spruce, five, won an award after snapping the fountain in Parkway. She said: “My brother is pointing at a coin in the fountain and my mum was sat on the 

“I held the camera very still. I like the picture because it reminds me of home.

“I like playing by the fountain.”

Eleanor’s mum Jude Spruce said: “We’re delighted for her.

“We just think it’s lovely 
that the school entered the competition.

“We’re really proud of her.

“It’s a unique competition.”


Oaklands School pupils Molly Bishop, Oscar Biss, Ruby Canter, Olivia Brett and Jack Silver also gained awards.

Stanborough School pupils showed they had an eye for a picture too. Pupils Freya Carnell, Allyna Farrell and Abbey Turner won awards.