Ilkeston youngster scoops art prize

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An Ilkeston schoolgirl has been rewarded for her creative talents after winning an art competition.

Eight-year-old Chloe Louise Tice from Hallam Fields Junior School impressed the judges with her colourful picture of a bird in a tree.

The Sound Art drawing competition was run by Specsavers Hearing Centre, in Bath Street, Ilkeston, which invited schoolchildren in the area, aged between four and 11 years, to paint or draw their favourite sound for the chance to win a Kindle e-reader and £100 worth of Amazon vouchers for their school.

Hearing centre director Raj Somal said they were inundated with entries.

He said: “It was a really tough decision to choose a winner because we had lots of really lovely pictures, including ice-cream vans, dogs barking and music playing.

“However, Chloe had put a huge amount of effort into her picture of a bird singing in a tree, using lots of colour, glitter and sparkle that made it really stand out, so she had to be the winner.”

The centre would like to congratulate Chloe and the school on winning.

Mr Somal said: “We’d like to thank everyone who entered the competition, we loved seeing all of your drawings. Congratulations to Chloe and Hallam Fields Junior School, we hope they enjoy their prizes.”

Specsavers Hearing Centre, at 104 Bath Street, offers free comprehensive hearing checks and assessments as well as information and advice on the wide range of hearing aids available.

For more information or to book an eye examination please pop into the Specsavers store, call 0115 944 1401 or visit