Daniel’s spooky Christmas tale

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Ken Ellcome with Jean and Allan Thompson. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Unsung heroes who have contributed to Portsmouth are honoured by prime minister

Have your say

Daniel Claydon might have to rethink his ambitions after being picked as the winner in the 15-and-under category of our Christmas ghost story competition.

His prize is £100 to spend at any branch of Waterstone’s

15-and-under ghost story winner Daniel Claydon

15-and-under ghost story winner Daniel Claydon

A delighted Daniel, 11, of Evelegh Road, Farlington, said: ‘That’s great, I can’t believe it. I did want to be a scientist when I’m older, but I really like writing.’

Daniel, a pupil in Year Seven at Springfield School in Drayton, explained: ‘Writing the ghost story was a homework task set by my teacher, Miss Bolton.

‘I think I got inspiration from things I had read. It took me about an hour-and-a-half to write the story and then 20 minutes to check it.’

Proud mum Emma added: ‘He loves English and has always been an avid reader.’