One lucky Gazette reader is celebrating winning an amazing £1,000 in our recent promotion.

Shirley Thompson, 82, is hoping to use the money towards a holiday in Spain with her grand daughter next year.

Readers had to collect tokens from each issue of the Gazette for four weeks before sending us their completed entry.

Mrs Thompson said: “I couldn’t believe it when I won, because I have never done anything like that before.

“I get the Gazette every week and I like reading the local news, it’s a lovely paper.”

Mrs Thompson has lived in the Torrington area for most of her life – she married at 18 and has six children.

She began her working life as a home help but went on to work at Sudbury’s glove factory in Torrington before going on to work at Dartington Crystal for 10 years, along with several members of her family.

The North Devon Gazette is currently available at just 40p for the next two weeks where sold and you can also read our e-edition free online.