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South Ayrshire pupils reach joke telling competition finals

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South Ayrshire pupils win a place in the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' national joke telling competition final

Two pupils from South Ayrshire are set to raise a laugh on the national stage next week after qualifying for the final of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' (RCSLT) VoiceBox joke competition.

The countdown is now on as VoiceBox, a nationwide contest for primary schools, is designed to shine a spotlight on the crucial role communication plays in a child's development.

Aldrei Pagaran, from primary 1 at St Ninian's Primary School, and Thomas Picken, from primary 5 at Invergarven Primary School, impressed local judges with jokes that were graded on originality, delivery and its punchline, and have already won £100 worth of Harper Collins books for making it this far. They were put head-to-head with jokes from across the area, and were crowned best in South Ayrshire - earning them a place in the Grand Final at the Scottish Parliament, where they will compete against 27 other finalists from across the country.

The final will be hosted by Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Alison Johnstone MSP, with Zara Janjua, a BBC journalist and comedian, compering the event on June 6 2024.

Top prizes are on offer from competition sponsor Collins Big Cat, the leading whole-school primary reading programme providing complete support from phonics to fluency.

Finalists are in with the chance of winning £500's worth of Collins Big Cat books for their school for first place, and £200's worth of Collins Big Cat books for their school for 2nd and 3rd place. The top three winners will also receive a £100 toy gift card to add to their prizes.