THE winners of a competition run by The Northern Echo called into the paper’s Darlington head office this week to collect their prize.

John and Barbara Nicholls, from Sedgefield, won £100 of Love to Shop vouchers after entering the contest run over the festive period.

The couple, who moved to the region 30 years ago from North Wales, plan to use their prize to treat their three grandchildren, and buy on a new hedge trimmer.

Editor Hannah Chapman, who presented the vouchers, said: “It was lovely to meet John and Barbara and hand our loyal readers a very-belated Christmas gift. I hope they enjoy spending them.”