Eight-year-old Sophie Binkley is flushed with success.
She’s the girl who designed Marsden’s most talked about Christmas lights feature.
Budding artist Sophie put pen to paper to design illuminations with a difference.
Youngsters at schools in the village were asked to come up with designs based on computer games and Sophie chose – a toilet!
As reported in the Examiner, there was method in the apparent madness and the toilet isn’t as random as it seems.
Sophie plays a game called Crossy Road on her tablet and her mum let her buy a ‘mystery’ character, which turned out to be a toilet.
The aim of the game is to cross the road within a set time without getting knocked over.
Sophie’s mum Jo Fell said her daughter was very creative and had submitted three designs, the toilet, a Creeper – a green creepy mob character from Minecraft – and a snail.
All three were made into illuminated displays and Jo said: “I vaguely remember Sophie telling me what she’d done at school but, like you do, I was only half-listening.
“Then we went down to the Christmas lights switch on and I said: ‘Have you seen that toilet on the side of the Mechanics Hall?’ And Sophie said: ‘I told you!’”
Jo, 34, who has two other children William, six, and two-year-old Sam, said Sophie had taken the success in her stride.
Her friends at Marsden Junior School think it’s a big giggle but Jo and dad Oliver Binkley, 35, are pleased as punch.
“It’s great,” said Jo. “All our friends have been saying how proud they are of Sophie. She does lots of drawing and arts and crafts and it’s certainly something to remember.”