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Harold Hill pupil wins Romford’s Christmas bauble competition with festive family design

PUBLISHED: 15:41 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:56 20 December 2018

Molly Graham, the winner of the Liberty's Christmas bauble competition with the mayor of Havering, councillor Dilip Patel. Photo: The Liberty

Molly Graham, the winner of the Liberty's Christmas bauble competition with the mayor of Havering, councillor Dilip Patel. Photo: The Liberty

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A Harold Hill school has taken the Christmas crown in the annual Deck the Mall competition at the Liberty Shopping Centre thanks to one special pupil.

Primary schools across Havering were invited to enter the Liberty’s annual competition and from 300 entries, Molly Graham, 9, from St Ursulas Federation School was selected to have her creative bauble design resized to giant proportions before being unveiled at a ceremony on Monday, December 10.

“I’m very happy and pleased to win the competition, the whole class was very impressed with my design on the giant bauble,” said Molly.

The mayor of Havering, councillor Dilip Patel judged the competition and said that he was impressed by the fun and colourful bauble design which shows a festive family singing carols together around a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

Molly’s mum, Joann Graham, added: “I’m an extremely proud mother. Molly is a very talented artist and it’s great to see her work on display at The Liberty.”

Molly Graham's winning creative Christmas bauble design for the Liberty competition.Molly Graham's winning creative Christmas bauble design for the Liberty competition.

Alongside the unveiling ceremony, children from the local primary school joined together to sing Christmas carols, hosting collection buckets to raise funds for the centre’s charities of the year, Haven House Children’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK, before visiting the mayor’s parlour for Christmas cakes.

Jonathan Poole, centre manager at The Liberty, said: “The standard of entries in this year’s Deck The Malls competition was extraordinary.

Maia Moise's shortlisted bauble design for the Liberty's Deck the Malls creative competition.Maia Moise's shortlisted bauble design for the Liberty's Deck the Malls creative competition.

“The competition marks the start of Christmas here at The Liberty and we congratulate Molly and all of the primary schools that took part, for all of their hard work and creativity.”

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