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A Suffolk schoolboy is celebrating after his artwork depicting his town at Christmas was chosen for a top award.

In keeping with tradition, students at Thomas Gainsborough School (TGS) and Ormiston Sudbury Academy were asked to design this year’s Christmas card, to be sent out by Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres.

TGS student Matthew Dix came out on top and will now see his festive design sent to local dignitaries and even Her Majesty the Queen.

Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres with Thomas Gainsborough School Year 8 pupil Matthew Dix, the winner of the 2021 Mayor's Christmas Card competition, and fellow finalists Honey Kavanagh, Isabelle Davie,Grace Hiskett and Lily Hollinsworth. Picture supplied by Gooderham PR. (53276452)
Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres with Thomas Gainsborough School Year 8 pupil Matthew Dix, the winner of the 2021 Mayor's Christmas Card competition, and fellow finalists Honey Kavanagh, Isabelle Davie,Grace Hiskett and Lily Hollinsworth. Picture supplied by Gooderham PR. (53276452)

Year 8 pupil Matthew, who lives in Bures, said: “I was very happy to win the competition. I really enjoy art and I wanted to show Sudbury as a lovely place to go at Christmas.”

Mrs Ayres said she was hugely impressed by the standard of entries, adding: “Matthew got every aspect of Christmas and what we were looking for in his design.

“The standard was extremely high and I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who took part.”

Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres with Thomas Gainsborough School Year 8 pupil Matthew Dix, the winner of the 2021 Mayor's Christmas Card competition. Picture supplied by Gooderham PR. (53276454)
Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres with Thomas Gainsborough School Year 8 pupil Matthew Dix, the winner of the 2021 Mayor's Christmas Card competition. Picture supplied by Gooderham PR. (53276454)

Other finalists from TGS were Honey Kavanagh, Isabelle Davie, Grace Hiskett and Lily Hollinsworth, who were presented with their prizes and certificates on Friday.

At Ormiston, the winners were Charlotte Bawden, Emily Osborne, Indiya Tuhey, Amy Hayhow and Atuh Tangunyi. They will receive their prizes from Mrs Ayres on December 3.

School art teacher Angela Bowman, who oversaw the TGS entries, said: “We are always very proud of the high level of artwork at the school and the students have once again excelled themselves.

“We would like to thank Jason Brown and The Works for donating prizes and Indigo Ross for printing the cards.”