A Wisbech family is celebrating after winning a competition designed to get more people reading books.
Kelly Howlett and her daughter Erin, along with Paul and Cara Whitby, were one of more than 100 correct team entries in the Family Quiz. The contest was organised by Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson Academy as part of the Wisbech Reads campaign, five-year project aimed at inspiring a love of reading and books among people of all ages.
The quiz, printed in the Fenland Citizen on March 2, also coincided with World Book Day and featured ten questions on family book favourites such as Paddington Bear, The Gruffalo and The Lord of the Rings. All the correct entries were passed to a panel of judges from Wisbech Rotary Club, who picked the winner based on a tie-break question. Debbie Trafford, leader of the Learning Information Centre at Thomas Clarkson Academy, who helped devise the quiz, said: “There were well over 100 correct entries and some witty and touching tie-breakers, so it was difficult to select a single winner from many worthy attempts.”
The judges chose Kelly’s team’s entry because the tie breaker explained they had faced some problems recently and would like to win because “family time is special and makes the best memories to cherish forever”.
Their prize included four cinema tickets from The Light, four main meals at Frankie and Bennie’s, Asda vouchers and a free pass to a Lego Fun Day run by Wisbech Children’s Centres, and a number of books. Valerie Robins and daughters Alicia and Anja were runners-up, winning a hamper donated by Wisbech Children’s Centre. Kelly Howlett (right) and daughter Erin receive their Family Quiz prizes at Clarkson Infant School, Wisbech, where she attends. Photo: MFCP16AF03177 Inset: Valerie Robins and daughters Alicia and Anjy. Photo: Supplied