Ian Burt’s winning picture of the Scotty’s team, charity founder Nikki Scott and children and YLP’s managing director, Alan Taylor.

A photograph taken by Your Local Paper to promote an event held by this newspaper in conjunction with a West Norfolk charity has been judged a winner.

Photographer Ian Burt took a picture last year at the launch of a YLP appeal to raise money for an online festival for North Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The picture was entered into Norfolk Community Foundation’s Norfolk Day photo competition and has bagged Scotty’s £500 as this year’s winners.

The competition was a celebration of the vital work of small charities and groups in local communities and Scotty’s received the prize to support its work helping children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British armed forces.

Scotty’s Virtual Festival was held last September and YLP readers donated money towards festival goody bags and items to add to the fun atmosphere of the event.

It was also organised as part of the charity’s 10th anniversary and as Scotty’s was YLP’s chosen charity that year.

The fun-filled festival put smiles on the faces of bereaved forces children and young people up and down the country and gave them something to look forward to during the challenges of lockdown.

The people in West Norfolk helped to provide special festival packs, sent out to the families in time for the event, held via Zoom. 

Local band Bear Club performed free of charge and Alive Leisure allowed the charity to use King’s Lynn’s Corn Exchange stage for free. 

“It was a real team effort and celebrates the way Norfolk pulls together,” said Hayley Dennis, of Scotty’s grants and trusts support team.

Sue Irving, YLP editor said: “It was a fabulous picture which totally captured the spirit of the aim of the festival.

“We are delighted it was a winner and bagged £500 for the charity.”