Tommy Langan and Olivia Hamilton need your votes in Olympic torch design contest

Olivia Hamilton's design
Olivia Hamilton's design
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TWO children from Stamford and Deeping St James are appealing for votes in a design competition.

South Kesteven District Council has teamed up with the charity inspire+ to help schools celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.

Tommy Langan's design

Tommy Langan's design

Forty schools across the area have sent in pupils’ designs for an Olympic torch and five have been short-listed by a panel of judges.

Among them are designs by nine year olds Olivia Hamilton, of St Gilbert’s School, Stamford, and Tommy Langan, of Linchfield Primary School, Deeping St James, who are appealing for votes. The children were asked to represent their county and the Olympic values of personal excellence, respect, inspiration, determination and courage in their designs,

Olivia said: “On my design the lion is a symbol of courage, the people around the world show respect, the king and the poor person mean equality, the wheelchair means determination, the light bulb symbolises inspiration, the friends are for friendship, the super hero is personal excellence and the Lincolnshire Imp is because of where I live.”

Tommy said: “My design has the River Welland on it, a barber’s pole, Lincolnshire sausages, the Red Arrows, the Bell Bridge and the Olympic symbol and torches.”

The other finalists are Zuhoran Yue, of Kesteven and Grantham Girls School, Grantham, Chloe Holland, of Isaac Newton Primary School, Grantham, and Georgie Morley, of Ingoldsby Primary School.

Charity spokesman Vincent Brittain said: “We were really pleased with the quantity and quality of entries and it was very difficult for the panel of judges to choose the top five from so many wonderful designs.”

The winning design will be made into a torch which will tour schools in the South Kesteven area in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

To cast your vote e-mail the name of your favourite designer (Olivia, Tommy, Zuhoran, Chloe or Georgie) to by Monday, January 9.