Heartbroken pupils forced to wait over a year for their prize

Pupils from Tetford School at the ceremony last year
Pupils from Tetford School at the ceremony last year

Heartbroken pupils at Tetford Primary School have finally secured a prize for winning a prestigious competition - more than a year late.

The Edward Richardson School triumphed against county wide opposition in a competition to design a new beach hut.

First prize was to see the beach hut - based on a donut design - constructed and put on display on Mablethorpe sea front.

The competition was organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects with sponsors Lindum Group agreeing to carry out the construction.

However, pupils were left in the lurch after a series of delays.

In their letter to the News pupils stated: “We are writing to you to see if you can help us with the winning beach hut design from last year.

“The former year 6 group were overwhelmed when they were told that the winning beach hut was one of theirs and it was promised to be built in September 2013, but unfortunately they have not come round to doing it.

“We were told that money had been allocated for the hut to be built by Lindum Construction Company.

“Even architects drew the plans up ready for the real thing to be constructed.

“Our Headteacher (Andrew Hyde) has sent lots of emails but has had no reply.

“If you could help us it will definitely be appreciated.”

The letter was written by pupils Kirsty Gladding and Georgia Elliott.

Now, Lindum has stepped in and promised to help the school.

A spokeswoman said: “We agreed and offered to make a model of the winning design up to our sponsorship value cost of £2,000.

“I understand the lengthy delays have been a result of problems with the original plan to locate the beach hut model at Mablethorpe being cancelled.

“On receiving a letter from pupils at the school last week, I immediately contacted Carla Cole, a teacher at the school, and offered to work with them directly to produce something which the school would find useful and deliver a finished product in recognition of their hard work and winning design.”

RIBA spokeswoman Lucy Grerson said she could understand why pupils were upset but said they delays were beyond their control.

The school said it was happy the saga appeared be over.