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National Winners of Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Ideas

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Bolton School Boys’ Division Year 7 pupils Eddy Backhouse and Dominic Aly are national winners of the Wallace and Gromit Cracking Ideas competition.

Having won the regional round for England in the 12-16 age category, the boys were invited to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for the national finals on Tuesday 18th June. There they were crowned national winners, beating off competition from the Irish, Scottish and Welsh winners under the same age bracket.

The Cracking Ideas challenge for 2012 – 2013 was based around the subject of space. Technology teacher, Miss Halliwell, said: “Dom and Eddy entered the Cracking Ideas competition with the help of the Technology department at Bolton School. They came up with a wide range of creative and fun ideas, ranging from an innovative new rocket design to a space safe suit for both Wallace and Gromit. Their hard work paid off as they beat over 4000 entrants to be awarded the national prize.”

As regional winners the boys received the Aardman animation software package ANIMATE IT and a wonderful Wallace and Gromit book signed by Aardman's Oscar winning Nick Park. As national winners the boys also received a bespoke trophy created by the incredible Aardman model makers.

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Eddy Backhouse and Dominic Ally Wallace and Gromit Cracking Ideas competition

Eddy and Dominic are national winners of the Cracking Ideas competition

Eddy Backhouse and Dominic Ally Wallace and Gromit Cracking Ideas competition

The boys travelled to Blackpool for the national finals

Eddy Backhouse and Dominic Ally Wallace and Gromit Cracking Ideas competition