WINNERS of the Barnsley Borough City of Sanctuary art and poetry competition were presented with their certificates by the mayor.

The theme for this year’s competition was ‘welcome’ and the winning pupils came from Worsbrough Common Primary School, Parkside Primary School and Littleworth Primary School.

Seven youngsters were handed their book tokens by Mayor of Barnsley Coun John Clarke at the town hall on Friday.

The children were pleased to have the ceremony in the council chamber with those who had poems able to use the microphones to read out their work.

George Arthur, chair of the group, told the Chronicle: “I want to thank the children and the schools for the excellent work they have produced.

“The art work and poetry was a credit to Barnsley as a welcoming town to everyone and it demonstrates the care and consideration of our young people in Barnsley.

“This competition is now established as an annual event and I hope that even more schools will be able to join in with next year’s event.

“I must also thank the Barnsley Stand Up To Racism group for buying the prizes for the winners.”