Sunderland schoolboy Thomas rises to a spooky challenge from Greggs

Nine-year-old Thomas Wise has won the overall prize in a national story-writing competition organised by Greggs.
Nine-year-old Thomas Wise has won the overall prize in a national story-writing competition organised by Greggs.
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SUPER student Thomas Wise has beaten off competition from around the country with his frightfully-good spooky tale.

The nine-year-old, from Sunderland, has been named the overall winner of a creative writing competition organised by Greggs.

Thomas, a pupil at St John Bosco school in Town End Farm, entered the competition after spotting it advertised in store.

Children aged six to 11 were asked to put pen to paper and write a story between 150 and 500 words long inspired by the baker’s Halloween range.

Hundreds of entries were whittled down to six regional finalists across the UK, before Thomas was crowned the national winner.

Now the young bookworm from Hylton Castle can enjoy online titles from his favourite authors, after winning a Kindle.

Proud mum Hayley Chapman, 27, said: “He was over the moon that he had won, because he really wanted one of those Kindles.

“He’s into the Goosebumps kids horror stories, so he’s already downloaded those, his spooky story and David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy.

“He loves writing and he is very academic. He wants to be a defence lawyer.”

Thomas has also been given the chance to have a VIP tour of the newly-opened Greggs bakery in Newcastle.

The pint-sized author will be whisked on a behind-the-scenes look at how Greggs food is made and even given the chance to hand finish some of the sweet treats with the bakery team.

Graeme Nash, head of marketing at Greggs, said: “We are delighted that Thomas is our national winner.

“He wrote a great story and we’re looking forward to giving him a behind the scenes look at where the food that inspired his story came from.”