A Brookenby man has put pen to paper to become the youngest winner of the annual Age UK Lindsey Writing and Poetry competition.
Jon Ives qualified for the competition by a matter of weeks and was delighted his story proved to be a hit with the judges.
And what is particularly pleasing for Jon is it is the first time he has ever entered a story-writing competition.
“I am very, very pleased to win,” said Jon.
“I have written things before, but not for competitions.
“My writings are often factual, but I am very satisfied with how my story panned out - it just seemed to flow once I got started.”
Jon found out about the competition by chance while shopping in Louth.
“I had hit the magic 50 and thought I would go into the Age UK Lindsey shop to see about insurance deals.
“I saw the competition details and I thought why not give it a go.”
There were, as always, six titles to chose from for the competition and Jon opted for ‘On a cold winter’s night’.
“It’s a story about the interaction of an older resident at a home and a young carer - how she doesn’t really know him until he is gone,” added Jon, who received his certificate and prize from the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Francis Dymoke.
Now Jon’s entry has been submitted to Age UK Boston & South Holland for judging in the county finals later this year.
The free to enter prose and poetry competition runs every year between January and April and is open to anyone living in Lincolnshire aged 50 or over on January 1.
Entry forms for next year will be available from December at Age UK Lindsey shops, including Market Rasen, or www.ageuk.org.uk/Lindsey .