Girl, 12, wins competition to design shopping mall mascot

Ella Wilson aged 12 from Misterton has won the competition to design a mascot for the Frenchgate Centre
Ella Wilson aged 12 from Misterton has won the competition to design a mascot for the Frenchgate Centre
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A TALENTED schoolgirl from a village near Doncaster has created the winning design for the Frenchgate Shopping Centre’s new mascot.

Ella Wilson, aged 12, from Misterton, won the competition along with a VIP tour of Yorkshire Wildlife Park for four, accompanied by a park ranger

Those taking part in the competition were invited to name and colour in a picture of the Frenchgate mascot.

And Ella, who coloured him purple and pink, picked the name Frenchy.

Her design was picked from hundreds of entries and it will now be made into the official Frenchgate Shopping Centre mascot.

Centre manager Amanda Phillips said: “The whole competition was aimed at getting children involved and thinking creatively and the response was fantastic.

“Some of the designs and names were brilliant and it is a shame that we can only pick one to be the new mascot.

“Everyone who entered did a great job. We want to thank everyone who took part and all the schools for encouraging their pupils to enter.”

Ella said: “My teacher, Miss Bell, told us about the competition so I entered, but I didn’t think I would win.

“When I went into school, everyone stood up and clapped.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the meerkats at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.”

The runner up was Libby Hayes, aged seven and third place went to Bethany Bubb, aged nine.

Both girls won a family ticket for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

n All three winners will also see their schools awarded Frenchgate vouchers for their success.