The talented North Yorkshire school children who came up with the top sketches in the competition to design new gargoyles for Ripon Cathedral received their prizes during Sunday morning’s service.

Ten finalists were chosen from over 1,000 entrants – with the designs of two of the children about to be turned in to stone.

Rachel Ogier, from Moorside Junior School in Ripon and Hayden Horsfall, from Pickering Community Junior School – who are both ten – have already started working with stone carvers Martin Coward and Alan Micklethwaite to create further sketches and a clay model.

Rachael said: “My art teacher said that we could base it on whatever we wanted and I thought I would base it on a human and make it look scary.

“I got my ideas from making clay model gargoyles last year at school and wanted – rather than a monster – to make a creepy human. I think it will be exciting to do this – and interesting.”

Hayden added: “I’m surprised and excited that my design won and I can’t believe that it is really going to be carved!”

The vital work to replace the figures and other historic stonework is being funded by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.