Charlotte ‘scales’ heights to enjoy a dream trip to Japan

Charlotte Bourn with her winning entry
Charlotte Bourn with her winning entry

If you put two fish on a plate, most people would probably expect a pile of chips and a dollop of tomato sauce to follow.

Not Charlotte Bourn.

The talented teenager, from a village near Horncastle, has just returned from the ‘trip of a lifetime’ to Japan.

That was her prize for winning the national category in a world-wide art competition.

In fact you could say, Charlotte’s winning painting of two fish on a plate left all her rivals battered!

Charlotte, from Edlington, is a former pupil at Donington on Bain Primary School and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Horncastle.

She has just completed her A levels at Lincoln Minster School and secured three A*s in art, graphic design and business studies.

She entered the competition through the school and, not surprisingly, was delighted with her prize.

She spent three days in Tokyo and saw her prize-winning entry displayed in Japan’s National Art Gallery.

She also attended a special presentation ceremony at the Ritz Hotel where she received a medal.

Charlotte told the News: “It was an amazing trip and in many ways Japan is a bizarre but very interesting country.

“I managed to see quite a lot of Tokyo and it was a fantastic experience.

“It was a three day trip and the flights were 11 hours each way, so it would have been nice to spend longer there.

“I’d just about got used to the time difference when it was time to pack my bags and head home.”

Charlotte, who has started selling some of her paintings, said she was proud to win the competition.

She will head off to Falmouth University next month to study graphic design but says she’s unsure about her long-term career.