But delighted anyway.

For the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year a new Commonwealth Song is being composed. The finished song will be sung by choirs in the 54 commonwealth countries as beacons are lit around the globe.

I participated in the lyrics contest, open to amateurs and professionals from all the Commonwealth nations. The winning lyrics will now go to composers who will compete to find the best finished song. After that a choir will be selected from each nation, to sing the song on the big day.

I would have been over the moon had my lyrics won, but I’m delighted with having made the top ten, and that my name will appear in the special book to be presented to Her Majesty after the celebrations.