A TEN year old from Drakes Broughton has beaten 50,000 other UK primary school children to win a place in the live grand final of the popular BANANAGRAMS challenge.

Lily Stuart of St Barnabas CE First and Middle School in Drakes Broughton will join 11 other finalists for a day at the Magic Circle, the world-famous magicians’ club in London.

They'll compete against each other in rounds of the anagram game before the overall winner – dubbed the Top Banana – is presented with a specially-designed trophy and £1,000 for their school by Rena Nathanson, inventor of the anagram game, who’ll also take part in a live Q&A session with the children.

Miss Evans, the English co-ordinator at St Barnabas CE First and Middle School, said: "The children (and adults) have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the BANANAGRAMS Challenge.

"There has been a real buzz about it around the school and we are thrilled that Lily has made the final.

"We wish her all the best."

Lily added, “I’m really happy to be going to London to play the final round of BANANAGRAMS in this exciting challenge!”

Almost 50,000 children in 1,500 primary schools throughout the UK were given the opportunity to “Go Wild With Words” in the third official UK BANANAGRAMS tournament for schools.

As part of its mission to get children playing with words, BANANAGRAMS launched the Challenge to help boost vocabulary and spelling skills in classrooms and after-school clubs across the country.

The BANANAGRAMS Challenge materials and games were designed specifically to incorporate the new Key Stage 2 spelling lists and to add value to classroom learning.

The UK's Top Banana will be crowned on Saturday, April 29.