WINNING a Bury Times colouring competition is the icing on the cake for two budding artists.

Daisy Openshaw, aged six, and Leah Hancock, aged eleven, both from Old Hall Primary School, Bury, will now have their cupcake designs made into real cakes by Lilli Oliver Cake Boutique.

Winning the competition, run in conjunction with the Mill Gate shopping centre, means the girls will also receive £100 each to spend and will be presented with their cupcakes at the centre's summer event on July 28.

Daisy said she loves drawing, especially because it gives her a break from her studies at school.

She said: “It’s fun. Yesterday we went to the fields and did a sketch.”

Readers were asked to pick their favourite design from those printed last month.

Her cupcake featured her favourite colour, orange, but she said she also loves red because she supports Manchester United.

The Year One pupil has been drawing for a couple of years and says she loves making cards for friends and family. She even made one for her new classmate who joined the school this week.

Daisy now wants to spend her cash prize on a mermaid tail to take on holiday to Majorca.

Leah said: “Art is one of my favourite subjects so having the opportunity to take part in this competition was fantastic. I was thrilled to be told I had won."

The competition was first run in 2017 to celebrate the Mill Gate’s 25th birthday.

Mike Crutchley, editor of the Bury Times and Radcliffe Times, said he was delighted with the success of the competition last year.

He said: “It was such a success that we were happy to team up with the Mill Gate once again and see the fantastic designs the children came up with.”