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Meet Wigan's Christmas Angels
Friday 18th December, 2009

Meet Wigan's Christmas Angels
All the winners, with the Mayoress Cllr Karen Aldred and Mayor Cllr Mark Aldred: Kate Webster, Jacqueline Walsh, Rebecca Ashurst and Amy Hodcroft.

We wish you a merry Christmas card…

A group of lucky – and talented – ladies who have designed Christmas cards for the borough were guests of the Mayor and Mayoress of Wigan this week.

Jacqueline Walsh, Kate Webster and Rebecca Ashurst created images which are being used on the official borough card this year. They were chosen the winners in the three age categories by the Mayor, Cllr Mark Aldred, his wife the Mayoress Cllr Karen Aldred and the leader of the council, Lord Peter Smith, after scores of entries to a competition in the council’s Borough Life magazine.

“Congratulations and well done to you all,” the Mayor told the gathering in the parlour at Wigan town hall. “These three designs show the best of the season – a traditional nativity scene, a snowy photograph and a fun picture to make you smile.”

9 year old Rebecca from 2nd Tyldesley Brownies was thrilled to meet the Mayor, who praised her ‘well drawn Christmas scene’. Student Kate Webster from Billinge won her category with a notable snapshot of Mesnes Park in last winter’s snow and the adults’ winner Jacqueline Walsh created the witty mince pie in a Santa hat image. It’s one of range of sketches that Jacqueline produces for friends and family away from her day job in Warrington.

All three won £100 of high street shopping vouchers. Their designs are on sale in Leigh and Wigan town halls and Wigan Tourist Information Centre as the Wigan Life card for 2009. All proceeds from the sale of the cards will be donated to the mayor's charity appeal to improve local services for sufferers from dementia and meningitis. People can also download them as e-cards from wiganlife.com and see the other entries too.

There could only be three winners, but in the spirit of the season, the Mayor made one further award. A stunning collage by another Tyldesley Brownie – Amy Hodcroft – really impressed Cllr Aldred. He said: “This entry really caught my eye but it was probably too detailed to be made into a successful card. So instead I wanted to thank Amy for her work and give her a gift.”

The Mayor had arranged for Amy’s design to be framed and promised that it would be displayed in the Mayor’s parlour for him, and future Mayors, to enjoy.

The Mayor and Mayoress would like to wish all residents, businesses and visitors a very happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

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