Will wins race to be run design ace

Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen judges the Fun Run T shirt design finalists
Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen judges the Fun Run T shirt design finalists
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A YOUNG artist’s unique T-shirt has been picked out by a legendary designer to be worn by thousands of runners in the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who has added his unique style to Blackpool’s Promenade for the past five years with Illuminations and tableau designs, picked the winner from hundreds of entries.

The winning T-shirt, drawn by Arnold Junior School pupil Will Davidson, 11, from South Shore, will now be sold in Beaverbrooks stores across the Fylde coast to raise money for the NSPCC.

Mr Llewelyn-Bowen said: “The winner has a rather fetching idea of the town and it was the only idea I felt captured the crucial aspect that this is about Blackpool.

“It’s wonderful he has given it a real sense of place and time, and it was one of the entries which was the most fun.

“Fundraising is about taking part as a family and it’s wonderful to be able to do something like this with your children.”

The winning entry has turned The Tower into a runner, complete with nobbly knees and red and white striped socks.

Mr Llewelyn-Bowen praised the quality of the entries.

He added: “Grown-ups are far too complicated and spend too much time going over the top.

“But when you open it up to children they are much more powerful and as always I was amazed and astonished how clever the children were with the graphics they created.”

Schools from across the Fylde coast entered the competition with the hope their T-shirt would be worn by runners taking part in the fun run on May 13.

Winning designer Will said: “It feels really good to win the contest.

“I sat down and brain-stormed designs with my dad and we thought this would be the best to draw.

“I like doing art and it’s brilliant that everyone is going to wear my T-shirt.”

Arnold Junior School headteacher Katy Wright added: “I’m delighted Will’s T-shirt has been picked.

“We try to get the children to take part in as many competitions as we can and give them as many activities as possible.”