A MERSEYSIDE girl is hoping to be the best contender in a national competition to find a new Natwest savings pig.
Sophie Blackburn, nine, from Heswall, is one of three finalists who are hoping to see their design become a reality.
The Natwest pigs became popular in the eighties and now bosses at the bank believe the pigs – which were known as the Wade Family – need a new addition and have thrown down the gauntlet to kids to come up with a new design.
Sophie was happy to help and the Dawpool Primary School pupil has come up with Stew Tan (an anagram of Natwest).
She now needs to win the most public votes in the “Pigs by Kids” competition to see Stew Tan come to life. Sophie is the only finalist from the North.
Proud mum Susan said: “It was half term and I thought it would be a great competition for her to enter.
“I’ve actually got a Natwest pig but I think anyone who was a child in the 1980s will remember them.”
She added that Sophie’s grandad encourages her artistic side by buying her canvas to paint on and she has built up quite a collection at home.
When she grows up she has ambitions of being a children’s book illustrator or a theatre designer.
Susan added: “We’re so pleased for Sophie, she’s done so well.”
The three shortlisted designs are up for an online public vote from now until midnight on December 9, 2012.
To vote visit http://pigsbykids.natwest.com/ or visit http://pigsbykids.natwest.com/video.