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Sir Richard Branson with a Virgin Trains Pendolino

Sir Richard Branson with a Virgin Trains Pendolino

Sir Richard Branson with a Virgin Trains Pendolino

A competition has been launched to design Virgin's Christmas trains.

Primary school children are being asked to submit their festive pictures to be in with a chance of transforming a pair of trains in December.

The entries will be judged by a panel including Jill Murphy, author of illustrated children's books including The Worst Witch and Five Minutes' Peace.

Following the popularity of last year's reindeer design on a Virgin Trains Pendolino, the next winner will also see their image on a Virgin Trains East Coast InterCity 225.

Virgin Trains chairman Patrick McCall said: "Last year's Traindeer was such a hit with our customers that we wanted to make this year's Christmas train even bigger."

The competition is open to children aged five to 11. Visit virginchristmastrain.co.uk for details.

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