The ‘wonderful, wonderful colours’ of schoolgirl Sophie Whitehead’s design have seen her artwork transformed into a Blackpool Illumination.
Westcliff School pupil Sophie’s entry into the LOVEmyBEACH competition is a new tableau, after Lights curator and celebrity designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen picked out her ‘eye-catching image’ praising the ‘lovely characters’ she had drawn.
Sophie, who beat entries from 418 north west children, said: “I love the beach because I like picking shells and making sandcastles so I included those in my design.”
Her prize also includes a family ticket to Sandcastle in Blackpool and her school gets a workshop from Keep Britain Tidy’s eco-schools team.
Ten-year-old Ashleigh Bradshaw, from St Nicholas School South Shore, was runner-up and won a family ticket to the high ropes course in Stanley Park.
Laurence said: “One of the things that makes judging very difficult is the fact that kids have a reaction to the beach that’s all about excitement, it’s all about enthusiasm, it’s all about energy. So the artwork becomes really uplifting.
“What’s particularly clever of the winner and runner up is they got across the LOVEmyBEACH message so elegantly.”
The LOVEmyBEACH campaign targets people in the North West who want to help make the sea cleaner.