Eight local Primary Schools took part in Bannview Care Homes first poetry competition.
There were over 100 entries from pupils of the local schools.
That made it a very difficult task to select finalists from all the entries.
The residents and their relatives and friends in Bannview took time to read all the entries that were displayed in the home and to shortlist 20 entries.
The children showed great enthusiasm and had a variety of opinions on this year’s topic “When I Grow Old.”
In amongst the grey hair and wrinkles that were present in many of the poems there were Grannies bungee jumping off the Eifel Tower, millionaires being very good to their grandchildren, and a tendency to grow old disgracefully.
Roberta Wilson Bannview Care Homes new manager was very encouraged in the participation of the local schools and the poetry competition will now become an annual event for the schools with a different topic being set every Year.
The poetry competition follows the very successful Christmas Care Competition which will also become an annual event.
Mr David Simpson MP took time out of his busy schedule to distribute the prizes and to spend time with both the children and residents in the home.
In third place was Ashleigh Davidson P2 from Donaghcloney Primary School and in Second Place was Connor Magennins from St Josephs and St James Primary School Pointzpass.
The overall winner was Amy Strain who is a pupil at St Francis Primary School Loughbrickland.
“Once again it was a real honour to recognise the vast array of young talent we are creating in our primary schools,” said Mr Simpson.
“It was a pleasure to read some of the excellent pieces of poetry and see at first hand how young people are expressing their feelings through this method.
“I want to thank Bannview House Care Home again for organising this event.
“I wish them well in their future efforts to connect the young people with our senior citizens,” added the upper Bann MP