A record number of entrants took part in the 2014 Bible Reading Competition organised by the Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts.
Ninety-three pupils from five schools with their teachers and some parents filled Union Church Hunstanton on Thursday.
Readers from Hunstanton Infants, Redgate Junior, Glebe House, Brancaster and Dersingham schools had their performances adjudicated by Christine Earnshaw who said there were three elements she was listening for - volume, pitch and pace - and she would also be looking for good eye contact with the audience.
The youngest readers from Years 1 and 2 read the story of the Creation from Genesis and Asia Boswell from Hunstanton Infants School won the best in the group.
Year 3 pupils tackled readings from Luke or Exodus and Oliver Shaw from Redgate Junior School was awarded the best in group.
Bigger voices with better projection were evident in the Year 4 category in readings from Matthew and Isaiah, and Alex Caldicott from Redgate Junior School was the winner.
The readings for the Year 5 entrants were much more difficult and required an understanding of phrasing. The winner was Glebe House School’s Madison Boldero.
Tricky readings with a lot of speech and difficult place names from Isaiah and Mark were the test for the Year 6 pupils and Alex Wall from Glebe House School was best.
Glebe House School were the only entrants in the competition for Years 7 and 8.
In the Year 7 category, reading from Matthew, Emily Ringwood won and in Year 8, with readings from Exodus and John, Rosie Gillet took top spot.
Organiser Roisin Wellard said that the popularity of the Bible Reading Competition increases year on year and she would have to consider splitting it over two days in 2015.
Festival chairman Richard Bird said: “It was wonderful to hear pupils reading with such confidence and understanding to a large audience.
“I should like to thank Roisin for organising such a wonderful event, the Union Church for the venue and Christine for adjudicating.”