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Milton Keynes poem celebrates royal wedding

Marie-Ann Harvey and Councillor Debbie Brock, Mayor of Milton Keynes
Image caption Councillor Debbie Brock, Mayor of Milton Keynes presents Marie-Ann with her winner's certificate

A 13-year-old girl has been crowned the winner of the Milton Keynes Royal Wedding Poetry Competition.

Marie-Ann Harvey fought off nearly 300 entries with her winning verse 'The Sweetest Memory of the Princess Bride'.

The poem will now be printed on parchment by the William Cowley company in Newport Pagnell which has provided the vellum for the royal marriage certificate.

It will then be sent to Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The council-run competition was set up in February 2011 to celebrate the royal wedding.

'Enduring gift'

The judges, which included local poet Mark Niel, were looking for poems of up to 20 lines that were original and captured the joy of the royal celebration.

Marie-Ann was the overall winner of the competition and also winner of the 13-18 category.

Councillor Debbie Brock, Mayor of Milton Keynes said: "This has been a wonderful project with 285 poems submitted ranging from the humorous to the more profound.

"Marie-Ann's poem will be sent to the happy couple on a piece of parchment, kindly offered by William Cowley of Newport Pagnell and will serve as an enduring gift from the people of Milton Keynes to commemorate their forthcoming wedding."

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