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Budding spies uncover top prizes
6:05pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
BUDDING spies who showed off their skills in a Dorchester competition have picked up their prizes.
Winners of the Dorchester BID (Business Improvement District) Super Sleuth competition received vouchers to spend in shops in the town.
The competition saw youngsters pick up a mission report with a full set of photo clues relating to businesses in the county town that they then had to track down.
When they identified the business they could then ask for a sticker from inside in a bid to build up a complete set.
Belle Marshall, 13, claimed the first prize in the over 11 category and was rewarded with £70 of vouchers to spend in shops in the county town.
She said it had taken her a number of trips over two weeks to complete the form and she was surprised to find out she had won.
Belle, from Dorchester, said: “I wasn't expecting it at all.”
She added that she planned to spend the vouchers on arts and crafts materials.
Adelaide Elsom claimed second prize in the over 11s and £40 of vouchers while Lucy Bone took the £25 third prize.
St Osmund's Middle School pupil Adelaide, 11, said: “It took me around three days - it was good fun.”
Seven-year-old James McMahon, who was visiting family in Charminster, won the top prize in the ten and under category.
Second prize went to Matthew Barrett and Holly Holdcoft was third.
Matthew, 10, said: “There were a few difficult ones but I didn't give up.”
Project director for the Dorchester BID Phil Gordon said the feedback from traders in the town about the competition had been entirely positive.
He said: “Those people that have joined in have really had a good time and enjoyed it and we have had 100 per cent positive feedback.
“It was a lot of fun and my only regret is that I wanted to do it too.”
The Super Sleuth contest came after the Dorchester BID ran a successful Flags of the World competition in conjunction with Dorchester Town Council and the Chamber of Commerce last summer to celebrate the Olympics and it proved a hit with youngsters and businesses.
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