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Milking Bank girl wins Austin's Christmas card competition

Local girl’s card will be sent to Queen & Prime Minister.

A Christmas card designed by Ellie Durnall of Milking Bank Primary School in Dudley will be finding its way through the letterboxes of hundreds of people across the country, including the Queen, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of Commons, after the youngster won Ian Austin’s Parliamentary Christmas card competition.

Austin will be presenting Ellie Durnall with her with her prize at Milking Bank Primary School during a carol service on Friday 12 December at 9:30am.

Austin invited local school kids to design his parliamentary Christmas cards and received nearly five hundred entries.

The winning design shows Santa Claus flying over Dudley Castle surrounded by animals from the zoo.

Jolie-Mai Powell from Cotwall End Primary, Charis Martin from Foxyards Primary School, Ben Jackson from Priory Primary School and Sally Bennett from Straits Primary School were picked as runners up.

The cards have been professionally printed in full colour and include the name and school of the winner and three runners up. Prizes include family tickets to Dudley Zoo and Castle and family tickets to the Black Country Museum.

The card will be sent to hundreds of Dudley residents, charities, businesses and community groups as well as national figures like the Queen, Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Ian Austin MP said:

“Yet again, the standard of this year’s entrants has been really high. I loved Ellie’s picture of a snow-covered Dudley castle and zoo, which was brilliantly drawn and really showed off our heritage.

“It’s a huge privilege to go to Milking Bank Primary and present her with an award for her design skills.

“I’d like to thank all of the children and the schools who entered, and the local businesses who donated prizes.”

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