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Monday, 10 June, 2002, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Pupils' poems to remain at palace
Buckingham Palace
The poems will remain at Buckingham Palace
Thousands of Golden Jubilee poems written by pupils from across the UK are to be stored in the archives at Buckingham Palace for posterity.

Over 4,000 young people aged seven to 18 entered the competition - judged by a panel of experts headed by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion - to mark the Queen's 50-year reign.

The youngsters had to focus on an event, experience, personality or family memory falling within the past 50 years.

A booklet with the top 50 entries will be sent to all schools which participated and to six official Queen's Gordon Jubilee charities.

The Queen
The pupils were marking the Queen's Golden Jubilee
The nine winners will be given a specially commissioned medal by the Queen at a ceremony on 9 July at Buckingham Palace.

Sir Michael Peat, the Queen's treasurer and a senior Palace aide, said: "The poems have been fun and rewarding, and a good way to involve schools and young people in the Jubilee."

Schools Minister Catherine Ashton said: "This has been a wonderful opportunity for young people from across the country to make a lasting contribution to the Jubilee."

"I congratulate all the winners announced today and hope they will continue to enjoy and express themselves through poetry," she said.

Winning entry

Alexander Pirrie, 13, from Devon, won the gold medal in the 11 to 14 age group with a poem based on the Golden Jubilee pop concert at the Palace - Boogie In The Garden.

Hey there Queen!
Gonna boogie in the garden.
Boogie so loud
Gonna need a Royal Pardon.
Hip hop bash,
The roof will be raisin'
You'll be tryin' not to hear us
Through the royal double-glazin'.
Not your scene?
You'll just have to lump it,
You can't always boogie
To the same royal trumpet.

And the following poem - Inviting the Queen to tea - written by 8-year-old Louise Shaw, won a silver medal in the same age group.

Dear Queen,
I hope you have a spacesuit,
For we are going to tea on Mars.
Please come,
Louise
PS 5.30 sharp!

Dear Queen,
Please meet me at the space station, Florida,
For we are going on the 5.40 rocket.
Please come,
Louise
PS Please come in that lovely pink dress for the rocket.

Dear Queen,
As you must recognise me,
I will be wearing my blue frilly dress.
I'll be with my four friends.
Please come,
Louise
Oh, please come!

Dear Queen,
I hope you like roast beast,
Mashed potatoes and mushy
peas and jelly with cream and strawberries.
Please come,
Louise
RSVP

Dear Louise,
Yes, I love roast beast and mushy peas and mashed potatoes.
Yes, I have a space suit and I will come.
Elizabeth
PS Yes, I will wear my dress.

The winners

Age seven to 11

Gold: Tony Managh, Park Junior School, Wellington, Shropshire; Silver: Louise Shaw, St Martin's Church of England Primary School, Dorking, Surrey; Bronze: Eden Latham, St John's Waltham Green Church of England Primary School, Fulham, London.

Age 11 to 14

Gold: Alexander Pirie, Edgehill College, Bideford, Devon; Silver: Thomas Trevor-Roberts, Trevor-Roberts Preparatory School, London; Bronze: Claire Pelly, The Godolphin School, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Age 14 to 18

Gold: Laura Craigen, Wychwood School, Oxford; Silver: Nina Matheson, Tain Royal Academy, Ross-shire, Scotland; Bronze: Helen Nightingale, The Henley College, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.


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