Harborough children win a visit to Houses of Parliament

Visiting the Houses of Parliament were  competition winners Jacob Cattell (7) and Gracie Cattell (9).
Visiting the Houses of Parliament were competition winners Jacob Cattell (7) and Gracie Cattell (9).

Five children from Market Harborough got the chance to visit the Houses of Parliament after winning a national competition.

The children, aged from five to nine, entered a contest to design their own Magna Carta, at Harborough Museum and Market Harborough Library, in partnership with Harborough District Council.

The competition was to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of early “human rights” document, the Magna Carta, at Runnymede in 1215.

The competition encouraged young entrants to share the kind of rules they felt were relevant to their own lives.

Cllr Blake Pain, leader of Harborough District Council, said: “Through my role on the LGA culture, tourism and sport board, I wanted to highlight the importance of the Magna Carta and its place in history and I am pleased that this competition generated such involvement. Well done to all the winners.”

Sir Edward Garnier MP, who judged the competition, said that he had been hugely impressed by the quality of the entries and the children’s 
interest in the subject.

The winners, who all received a special invite to attend the Houses of Parliament, were Sam Earnshaw (five), Henry Porter (eight), Jacob Cattell (seven), Gracie Cattell (eight) and Elena Jordan (seven).

Sir Edward said: “I am delighted that these youngsters had the opportunity to come to see the Houses of Parliament. I know those who have already visited Westminster thoroughly enjoyed themselves, because they very politely sent me a thank you letter afterwards.”