Four apprentices have been heralded as the UK’s best wallpaper whizzes at a prestigious event in Liverpool.

Taking the top spots in the Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition were Adam Knowles, 19, and Lewis Boyle, 18, who both work for Bagnalls.

Adam was crowned Senior Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year, with Jessica Mays coming in a close second, whilst Lewis Boyle came out on top in the junior 

category, with Alex Stonehouse placed as his runner-up.

They were presented with cash prizes, trophies and certificates at a glittering evening reception, The Paint Ball, hosted by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) at the Hilton Liverpool City Centre Hotel last month.

The Paint Ball 2018 formed part of the PDA’s national annual conference weekend.

All four students came to the event after being put through their paces in the PDA’s Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition, held at The Hub in Doncaster back in June.

The grueling seven-hour contest puts the wallpapering skills of apprentices from across the UK to the ultimate test. 

Along with three other senior competitors, Adam battled it out to wallpaper a mock living room, with additional obstacles including internal angles, inlay panels, borders and a fire surround.

Adam’s success comes a year after he won the Junior Apprentice Paperhanger accolade.

Studying towards an NVQ Level 3 in Painting and Decorating at St Helens College, Adam works for Bagnalls North West, based in Ellesmere Port.

He said: “Although I won the junior competition last year, I didn’t have much confidence when I came away from the contest this time, as it was a lot harder and there was so much more skill involved.

“It was a shock to be announced as the winner and I was really pleased that my contract manager and my girlfriend were there to support me.

“I’ll carry both of these titles with me throughout my future career, they have given me so much confidence in myself and work.”

It’s also the second time Jessica has taken part in the Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition, being named runner-up in the senior competition last year too.