York Civic Trust’s annual public speaking competition was held on Wednesday 27 June at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. Twenty two primary school pupils from eleven York schools competed in a close contest to debate why York is, or is not, a great place to live.

All our competitors with their certificates at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

For the third year in a row, St Wilfrid’s won the title. Millie Batterton and Daniel Healey-Smith were presented with the winners’ trophy by Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Keith Orrell. Copmanthorpe’s Lydian Cain and Amy Nixon were awarded second.Third place went to Hannah Joji and Samuel Dewhirst from Clifton Green.

President emeritus Darrell Buttery MBE and Sheriff Verna Campbell talk through the performances

The judging panel was chaired by Darrell Buttery MBE. York Civic Trust’s Verna Campbell, Sheriff of York was in attendance. Well done to all our speakers!

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