Dennis ‘homes’ in to win competition

Winner of the McCarthy & stone and Forfar Dispatch Short Story Award, Mr Dennis Miller, collects his award at McCarthy & Stones Strathmore Court development. Mr Miller, from Mains of Balgavies, wins �200 for his work, titled 'The Near Miss''Pic: Murdoch Ferguson 07802608603'Further Info: Hazel Taylor 07709 317 289
Winner of the McCarthy & stone and Forfar Dispatch Short Story Award, Mr Dennis Miller, collects his award at McCarthy & Stones Strathmore Court development. Mr Miller, from Mains of Balgavies, wins �200 for his work, titled 'The Near Miss''Pic: Murdoch Ferguson 07802608603'Further Info: Hazel Taylor 07709 317 289

McCarthy & Stone and The Forfar Dispatch are delighted to announce the winner of the short story competition that encouraged people over 60 to put pen to paper and write a short story based on the theme of ‘home’.

The standard of entries received was impressive however the judges were agreed that ‘The Near Miss’ by Dennis Miller from Mains of Balgavies was a clear winner.

Other notable entries included “The Leaving of Liverpool” by Ann Gammack and “Home From Home” by Diane Shaw.

Mr Miller wins £200 from McCarthy & Stone, and enjoyed an exclusive tour around McCarthy & Stone’s Strathmore Court development.

All entries were judged by Alan Ducat, editor at the Forfar Dispatch, and Suzanne McElhiney, marketing manager for McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, whose criteria included the originality of the story and its readability.

Mr Miller, from Mains of Balgavies was surprised to be chosen as the winner as he explains:

“I’m really shocked to have won this competition. I know there are a fair few writers in this area and I thought there would be no chance I’d win, but I’m delighted to hear that the judges enjoyed reading my story.”

Suzanne McElhiney, marketing manager for McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, comments:

“Many people take up a new hobby or interest when they reach retirement and, with so much life experience behind you, there couldn’t be a better time to get writing.

“I really enjoyed reading the diverse set of entries we received to this competition, and I was impressed by the standard the writers of Forfar and the local area displayed.

“There’s a real hot-bed of talent locally and I hope we can build on this year’s competition to make this an annual challenge.”