Talented young mural artist reaches final in BBC contest

An eight-year-old schoolgirl from Ampthill beat off hundreds of children across Britain to reach the final of a national BBC art competition.

Milly Davies, a pupil at Russell Lower School, entered a competition to design a new mural for the CBBC hit show, The Dumping Ground.

Children entering were encouraged to think about the friendship and trust values that form a big part of the TV drama.

To Milly’s amazement, BBC producers phoned her to let her know she had reached the final and she was interviewed by the BBC about why she had drawn the picture and her reasons behind the design.

Milly said: “I was nearly speechless when they phoned me up to tell me I had reached the final. I just could not believe it and I was so excited.

“I drew a picture of two best friends and I made it very colourful because The Dumping Ground is a fun and happy place.

“They interviewed me all about the picture and they asked lots of questions about my drawing.”

Although Milly didn’t win the top prize – to see her work converted into a mural on the show – she said it has inspired her to keep on drawing.

“I love art so much and it’s one of my favourite subjects at school,” added Milly. “I want to keep on drawing lots of pictures. I do feel really proud.”

Milly’s dad, Nigel, said both he and his wife, Christine, were extremely proud of her. He said: “Milly has done brilliantly to reach the final and to beat off so many children from across the country is amazing. We could not believe it when they phoned us to tell us she had done so well. She banned us from the bedroom whilst she drew the design and so it’s particularly lovely to see all her hard work pay off!

“We can’t wait to see what Milly will draw next.”