WHEN Clemo Motors asked school children to get involved with a creative writing competition they were not expecting such high ‘koalaty’ entries.
The Bradford Road dealership contacted Whitcliffe Mount to ask its year seven, eight and nine pupils to pen a short story about the travels of the firm’s new koala mascot.
More than 100 entries were submitted, after the youngsters were asked to name the animal and say how it ended up as Clemo’s new mascot
The winner was year nine pupil Ellie-Rose Henry whose story centred around Toby the koala and his travels from Australia to Cleckheaton, via Lapland and Disney World.
Ellie-Rose and her family will now be able to see the animals up close, after winning a family pass to Edinburgh Zoo – the only zoo in the UK to house the marsupials.
Clemo has also provided train tickets and a two-night hotel stay for the family.
Runners up were Eleanor Clayton, who scooped second prize and will also visit the zoo. Third place went to Kieran Moxon, who wrote a touching story about a koala losing its home and sneaking around the world to find its home with Clemo.
Year seven pupil Liam Walker was also highly commended for his tale of a koala hitching a ride on a cargo plane to arrive in Spen.
Clemo managing director Richard Smith said: “I was impressed by the effort that was made with writing a story about a koala’s journey.
“There were some that were more wild and wacky, while others took a more realistic approach.
“They were all imaginative and entertaining stories.”