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Plympton Poetry Competition!

Clara Robinson, Katie Boorman, Ryan Cocks, Skye Webb and Alfie Jessep receive the prizes from Lord Mayor Wendy Foster, Cllr Ken Foster and Kasim Langmead, Vice Principal of Plympton Academy.

A poetry competition organised by staff at Plympton Academy, to
remember the late astronomer Patrick Moore, has received almost100
Young people from across Plymouth put pen to paper and sent in their
poems inspired by the astronomers own poetry. The winning five were
presented with their medals and their prize by Lord Mayor Wendy Foster
and her consort Cllr Ken Foster.
The competition was suggested by a friend of Sir Patrick. Sandra Saer
also edited a book of poems by the late astronomer about a woodland
glade and the animals that lived there. They included a rabbit, a
field mouse – and a rather musical rat!

Mrs Saer said: “As an old friend, Sir Patrick gave me these poems for
my company, SMH Books, to publish. I was delighted to read the winning
entries of this poetry competition and have sent Plympton Academy
copies of Sir Patrick's "Within The Glade" book as a further prize to
reward these students' efforts!"
Sir Patrick Moore passed away in 2012 but his legacy remains.
Plympton Academy teacher Martin Edmonds said: “Through his hundreds of
books, and the people he encouraged, he is still inspiring young
people around the world today.  It was marvellous to read so many
poems by Plymouth students and to see the time and effort they had
spent writing about new animals for Sir Patrick’s glade.”