Winner goes to Olympics

Daniel Speight was asked to write about who inspires him in a bid to win three tickets to the Olympic football at Old Trafford on July 31. He wrote about his great grandma Margaret France from Rastrick
Daniel Speight was asked to write about who inspires him in a bid to win three tickets to the Olympic football at Old Trafford on July 31. He wrote about his great grandma Margaret France from Rastrick

A YOUNGSTER has won tickets to the Olympics after writing about his great grandma.

Daniel Speight was asked to write about who inspires him in a bid to win three tickets to the Olympic football at Old Trafford on July 31.

The ten-year-old decided to write about his great grandma, Margaret France, or as he called her grandma France. “She would get a gold medal for being who she was,” said Daniel in his piece.

Margaret used to work as the caretaker at Rastrick Library, and lived until she reached her 100th birthday last year. Sadly she died in January.

“She would always listen to me and my stories, no matter what it was. And would take a great interest in my artwork and she would always be happy to see me. She made me feel so special. In my eyes, she’s one of the greatest women that ever lived, a true heroine and a grandma to be proud of,” he said.

Daniel’s piece, which looks back at Margaret’s life, moved his teachers at Honley Junior School so much that they asked for three extra tickets from London 2012 GetSet Network so they could pick two winners.

“She was amazing and I think that was why my grandma France was so special,” said Daniel. “It was a nice surprise to win because I wasn’t expecting it.

“My teachers just kept crying when they read it but they enjoyed it.”

His mum Michelle said: “We just wanted to do it because she was special but we thought a sports person would win.

“Daniel enjoyed doing it and writing a bit about grandma. We enjoyed looking at the pictures and putting it all together, some of the pieces were from when she was in the Brighouse Echo.”

Daniel now has to select which members of his family will attend the football match with him.

“I am thinking about my brother Jonathan or my cousin Alex because they helped me. I would like to take my grandad though because he has never been to Old Trafford before. I am looking forward to it,” said Daniel.