A WETHERBY family celebrating 50 years in business found an unusual way to celebrate their success- with a poetry competition.
Shopkeeper Nish Kanabar has now announced the winners of the competition.
Nish and his wife Liz, who own Castlegate Stationery, Castlegate Toys and Wetherby Post Office, set up the competition in February to try and help find budding poets in the area.
The entrants – who ranged in age from toddlers to the oldest entrant aged 88 – were asked to write a poem on why they shop at the Castlegate stores.
Mr Kanabar, who has been running businesses in his family for half a century, said: “We like to celebrate and try and promote local talent in Wetherby and the surrounding areas. The standard of poetry has been brilliant this year and I cannot wait for our next competition in the future. We are a family business here and we want to support local people. Everyone, as well as the winning entrants, got a prize who took part too.”
The poetry competition, which had more than 50 entrants, was judged by two Wetherby literary experts - who want to be kept secret- and chose the two winners, Wetherby girl Megan Dyke and Dee Dawson from Knaresborough who won the top two prizes and received goody bags for their efforts.
Mr Kanabar, who has lived in Wetherby for the past 12 years with wife Liz, along with their three children, said: “We are proud to keep this business in the family. Being the third generation of my family to run a business,”
The two winning entries are now on window display in Castlegate Stationery.