Wisbech Grammar School pupil takes first place in Cranmer Awards in Norfolk to go through to national final
Wisbech Grammar School pupil takes Junior First Place in the annual Cranmer Awards in Norfolk.
The Cranmer Awards are an annual competition run by the Prayer Book Society to introduce young people to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Entrants from across the country read or recite a passage of their choice, up to five minutes in duration, from the book.
Local heats are held around the country, and the winners go through to the National Final where competitors must recite their chosen passage by heart.
Druce Purves fourth form pupil at the school, kept the recently acquired school tradition and was delighted to be awarded Junior First Place, so he will be going to the National Finals in February.
Television journalist Anne Robinson, judged the readers at the heat held in St Lawrence Church at Castle Rising, and said it was a delightful way to brighten up a Norfolk November morning, with the largest regional competition for some years.
Wisbech Grammar was competing against pupils from five other schools with 27 competitors across the two sections.
Readers are judged on the way they deliver Thomas Cranmer's words and rhythms without the use of microphones or lecterns, so the speaker has to hold their nerve, and follow strict rulings on timings.
All this was supported by several months of largely self-motivated preparation during the extra-curricular Period 5, and the initial bravery of volunteering to take part in such a seemingly archaic style of communication.
There was an audience of 60 people, including parents who came to support their children, and Lord Greville Howard made everyone welcome.
A school spokesman said: "Our pupils were excellent ambassadors for the school and congratulations to everyone who took part in this competition."
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