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FYLDE coast children have proved their Olympic-themed artwork is fit for a gold medal.

Papier-mache creations and brightly-coloured paintings impressed judges of The Gazette’s Young Seasiders school art exhibition, which opened at The Solaris Centre in South Shore yesterday.

Jason Hunt and Lindsay Woods from sponsors Domino's check out The Gazette Young Seasiders exhibition.

Jason Hunt and Lindsay Woods from sponsors Domino's check out The Gazette Young Seasiders exhibition.

Around 60 schools took part in the competition, which is sponsored by Domino’s Pizza. But it was Mereside Primary School which came top of the podium.

Their stunning dream catchers, based on how the Olympics can inspire young people to follow their ambitions, took the 2012 Olympic theme to a new level.

Mel Osborne, Year Four teacher and art co-ordinator for Mereside Primary, said: “We’re so pleased. We’ve been doing a lot of work to link the Olympics with our dreams. It’s important for the children to have ambition for things.”

Charles Saer Primary School in Fleetwood scooped second place and third place was awarded to Rossall Primary School.

The Domino’s Pizza trophy went to Shakespeare Primary, in Fleetwood, for their arena creation.

Alison Bott, Gazette deputy editor, said: “The exhibition is in its 65th year. It’s amazing to think how many school children have had their artwork on public display.

“The children have seen this year’s theme of the Olympics is not just about sport, it’s about hopes, dreams and friendships.

The exhibition, which features work from primary, secondary and special needs schools, will run until March 29.

Don’t miss our Young Seasiders supplement on March 20