18th birthday card competition - winners chosen
The two winners of a competition to
design an 18th
birthday card that will be sent out to
all first-time voters in the area have been chosen.
Scarborough Borough council
has sent the cards, along with a guide to voting, to all young
people who are included on the electoral register, since 2001.
The competition to design
the card was launched in senior schools and colleges in the Borough
in 2006 and since 2009 sit has been open to all residents of the
While the number of entries
this year was small compared to previous years, the Mayor of the
Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Helen Mallory, said the standard of
design was “high”.
The winners were chosen by
the Mayor together with the Electoral services Team.
They are Ella Keld in the
under 16 category and Craig Newton in the over 16 category,
who were each presented with a £25 Amazon gift voucher and a pair
of tickets to a show of their choice at Scarborough Open Air
Theatre this summer, subject to availability.
Sue Bedford, the council’s
Election Officer, said: “Turning 18 is a major milestone and many
young people look forward to voting for the first time and being
able to express a viewpoint at the ballot box. This design contest
and sending out the cards forms part of our role to help young
people understand the processes that are involved in voting and
Anyone interested in finding out more about voting in general,
should contact Electoral Services on 01723 232309 or visit the
Under 16 category winner - Ella Keld
Over 16 category winner - Craig Newton