On Friday, 23 June, 11 finalists served up a treat as they competed in the Junior Poetry Cup. We again welcomed back Mrs Veronica Thorneloe to Cothill to judge this prestigious competition. Harry Pearson, the defending champion, got us off to a terrific start with his engaging rendition of 'Jabberwocky', and then other 10 finalists were flawless in their lines and delivery. Their overall excellence made it a very difficult decision for the judges, but in the end, Joshua Lee was awarded the Cup for his recital of 'A Bird came down the Walk' by Emily Dickinson. Special commendations went to George Wight, Percy Robb and Harry. All the finalists are to be congratulated for a memorable final and for their ambition in their choice of poets - Blake, Stevenson, Auden, Coleridge, Rosen - amongst many others. What a way to start to a Friday morning!