A TALENTED South Tyneside youngster has proven she’s “batter” than the rest at designing a chippy’s mascot.
Earlier this year Gurpreet Singh Arneja – who is also known as Sherry – asked youngsters at Harton Technology College to create a character for his business, Singh’s Fish Bar in Quarry Lane, South Shields.
Sherry, who is a former student at the school in Lisle Road, South Shields, wanted a new image to use online and to appear on all of his branding, including kids’ meals food boxes, his two company cars and promotional posters.
The winning design of a blue singing fish was created by 13–year–old Shauna Godwin.
She won £25 for her entry, and a donation of the same value was also given to the school’s charity board.
Sherry, who has run the chip shop with his wife Jessie Arneja since last November, said: “It was a delight to work with my old school again.
“I had some of the best years of my life there and I really couldn’t wait to get back and speak to the children and get them involved.
“I really believe that it was what I learned from my time at that school that’s given me the drive, desire and passion to get to where I am today.”
In the future, he will be back at the school to deliver a presentation to students on what it’s like running your own company. Anne Brunniche, subject leader in art and design, is delighted Sherry has kept such strong links.
She said: “Our students love a good competition and they were really excited about this challenge.
“It’s so heartwarming to hear a former pupil talk passionately about their days at Harton Technology College, and delightful that they chose us to re-establish their connection.
“It’s going to be fabulous for Shauna to see her efforts rewarded through the publication of her artwork. This has given our young artists a confidence boost.
“Sherry has even offered to do a speech and presentation to our business study students about what it’s like to run your own business.
“I am sure this opportunity will inspire our youngsters to continue to strive for their best.”