Young speakers impress panel at Royal Wootton Bassett

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Some of those involved in the senior Youth Speaks competition in Royal Wootton Bassett Some of those involved in the senior Youth Speaks competition in Royal Wootton Bassett

Young public speakers, with an average age of 14, voiced their views in the senior Youth Speaks competition organised by Royal Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club.

Academy pupils, in four teams of three, addressed an appreciative audience at the Royal Wootton Bassett Sixth Form lecture theatre on a range of topics.

The judges were town clerk Johnathan Bourne, business training consultant Philip Potter, and parish assistant curate Jemma Sander-Heys, a former contestant. The victorious team – speaker Jos Elliot Jeapes, chair Lucy Aitken and thanks giver Lyndsay Gilder – go forward to the regional round of Youth Speaks.

MC Steve Bucknell congratulated all the speakers and Rotarian John Loran thanked everyone involved, including teacher Peter Burtwell, who co-ordinated the Academy’s participation.

Other teams were Fraser Chard, Harry Woodhouse and Bethan Knight; Ethan Corfield, Holly Gibbs and Ulani Seaman; Ryan Duff, Matthew Jameison and Peter Claasen.

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