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ECHO birthday card is a winner for Charlie; _ Artistic pupil claims top prize.

Byline: MITYA UNDERWOOD

MERSEYSIDE school children showed their artistic colours when they helped the ECHO design a birthday card for its 125th anniversary.

Children have been competing to design the best card for the ECHO to use to celebrate its birthday tomorrow.

Sacks of imaginative cards have been received and choosing a winner was no easy job.

However, after much deliberation, a winner has been selected.

Charlie Bowker, aged eight, won over the judges with her simple but col ourful design.

Charlie is a pupil at Roscoe junior school on Ballantyne Road, Tuebrook.

She used feathers, glitter, sequins, gauze, and a hand-drawn smiley face to get the bithday message across.

Charlie created it at her school art club run by teachers Sarah Batt and Cathy Wilkinson.

Miss Batt, form teacher and art club supervisor, said: ``We set up the art club to celebrate Liverpool's Capital of Culture status. The children have been making collages of Liverpool landmarks so they were really excited when they heard about the ECHO competition.

``Charlie is very creative and she loves to get involved with all the craft activities.

``She was genuinely surprised but really pleased when she found out she'd won.

Charlie lives with her father Adam, and sister Katie, on Forfar Road in Tuebrook, and both are extremely proud of her achievement.

To reward her efforts, the ECHO has linked up with stationery and art supplies specialist Staples, who have provided pounds 200-worth of art equipment for the Ruscoe art club.

Among the other impressive entries was a glittery design by Lauren Jarvis, aged 8, a pupil at Windsor Community Primary School, Toxteth, who used a combination of glitter and mirrored squares to wish the ECHO a Happy Birthday.

Pupils from Merefield School in Southport produced their clever card using the theme ``a little bird told me. . . '' to celebrate the ECHO's role in spreading the news for the past 125 years.

Eight-year-old Lauren Roberts from Angfield Road Primary School, Toxteth, made a fold out card using old ECHO newspapers.

The competition standards were very high and all of the entries impressed the team.

The collection of birthday cards the ECHO received are on display in the City Exchange Atrium, Old Hall Street, Liverpool city centre, all this week.

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ON TOP FORM: Winner Charlie Bowker with fellow pupils Charlotte Swales, left, Mattew Brady and Rebecca Allen; CARD SHARP: Charlie Bowker with her winning entry Pictures: TRACEY O'NEILL
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Date:Oct 26, 2004
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