Live jingles singers took part in Chris Evans’ breakfast show this morning as the winner of Radio 2’s 500 Words competition was announced.
The programme included a speech by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at St James’s Palace, and there were live performances from The Vamps and Will Young, who was joined by The London Community Gospel Choir.
The Choir, who did the original recording of Chris’ jingles, sung a number of jingles to accompany the announcement of the winners.
Sir Kenneth Branagh, Charles Dance, Barney Harwood, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jeremy Irons, and Sally Hawkins all read out the winning stories live on air. They were joined by the judging panel – Head Judge Richard Hammond; authors Francesca Simon, Charlie Higson and Frank Cottrell Boyce; plus Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.
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Chris Evans says: “What a year 2015 has been for 500 WORDS. Once again the children of planet Earth have proved that they are word-smith wizards, writing stories that even our best-selling panel of judges were jealous of! There were sad sheep, spooky spectres and superhero sausages, all written in just 500 words. Every single young writer in this competition deserves a round of applause, a hats off and a whopping well done for creating such sensational stories. So to all the authors of tomorrow I say keep reading, keep those pens poised and keep the stories flowing from the irrepressible imagination.”
Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2, says: “I am immensely proud that over 120,000 children were inspired to take the time to sit down and write a story for this competition. 500 WORDS is at the heart of the BBC’s role in this country – engaging and capturing their imaginations in this wonderfully creative way.”
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