BRIGHT young sparks impressed during a recent technology competition.

A team of pupils from Queen Elizabeth High School, in Hexham, won one of the top categories in the inaugural North East Technology Tournament, organised by Rotary North East.

Around 100 young budding technology entrepreneurs from a total of 13 schools took part, with QEHS topping the intermediate level competition.

Teams of four children, aged between 11 and 16, were challenged to achieve a technical goal of creating a working electro-mechanical device from a kit of parts supplied by the organisers.

Ensuring success for the Hexham school was Billy Davies, Oscar Say, Nathan Delahunty and Jack Clark.

A total of 22 rotary clubs, including Hexham and Hadrian’s Wall, supported the event with Chris Baylis, from the latter, co-ordinating the competition.

He said: "It was a difficult decision to decide on the winning team. The general standard was very high and the young people really demonstrated what it takes to shine in our future technology sector.

"The North-East has a long history of producing some of the brightest minds in technology. With the entries to the first North East Technology Tournament impressing the judges so much, it's clear to see that many stars of the future are waiting to make their mark.

"Everyone who took part was a winner."