Thomas is streets ahead of the competition


Thomas Streeter has been crowned the Young Craftsperson of the Year 2014 at the South of England Show.

Thomas, a student at The Weald 6th Form College, won the Wood Section before scooping the overall Young Craftsperson Award for his creation, an open twist hollow form with pewter decorative lid and foot.



Mid Sussex District Council sponsors the Young Craftsperson of the Year Award which is open to all young people aged 14 to 21 across the south east.

This year, there were over 160 entrants in the competition, with young people producing work in metal, ceramics, wood and textiles as well as design and technology.

Judges were looking for craftsmanship and design ability, taking into account the practicality of the item and the potential in the competitor for further developing their crafts and skill.

Cllr Gordon Marples, chairman of Mid Sussex District Council, presented the awards to the winners of the Textiles category.

Jordan Ami Hill from Sackville School, East Grinstead took first place with a Bride of Dracula costume inspired by the Elizabethan era.

Cllr Marples said: “These awards are all about encouraging young people to develop their craft skills and to push themselves to create work of the very highest quality.

“Once again, the talented young people of the South East have not disappointed, some of the work on display at this year’s event has been absolutely top class.”