Daniel’s spooky Christmas tale

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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.’