North West Wales

Girl's picture wins Gwynedd school £30,000 minibus

Cara with her design for the school bus
Image caption Cara's winning design will be painted onto the side of the new minibus

A nine-year-old girl's artistic talent has won a £30,000 minibus for her Gwynedd school.

The 17-seater bus will be delivered to 35-pupil Llanaelhaearn school after Cara Haf Townend's picture beat nine UK finalists.

A public vote online decided the eventual winner.

Cara's head teacher Sianelen Pleming said the win meant everything to the school as it would give the children much more freedom.

"We are a small school and the cost of buses in quite high, and as we do quite a bit of field work with the children this will help immensely," said Ms Pleming.

She said people from all over the world, including America, Thailand and China voted for the school.

Cara's winning design in bright yellow, and featuring happy children, will be painted on the side of the new school bus.

The artist has also won £1,000 worth of art equipment for the school in the competition, as well as vouchers for herself.

Cara herself said she had "screamed and jumped around" when she heard her design had won.

"I'm very happy," she added.

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