Pupils’ chance to shine on the Golden Mile with beach message

Pictures:Bill Johnson. Blackpool Illuminations.
Pictures:Bill Johnson. Blackpool Illuminations.
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Fylde coast schoolchildren have the chance to see their design work up in lights – at Blackpool’s world-famous Illuminations.

The LOVEmyBEACH campaign has teamed up with Fylde Council and Illuminations curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to launch a competition for schools.

The competition is for Key Stage 1 and 2 children to design a LOVEmyBEACH message for the three million people who will visit the Illuminations this year.

The design should include the website address www.lovemybeach.org.

The competition encourages people to do their bit to love beaches in the North West, which face tough new water quality standards from 2015.

All entries must be designed using the template printed onto A3 paper and posted to Keep Britain Tidy by 5pm on Friday July 17, 2015. The winner will be announced in September 2015.

The winning design will be chosen by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and be transformed into an illumination.

The winning pupil will also receive a free family ticket for Blackpool’s Sandcastle Waterpark.

Coun Ben Aitken, chairman of Fylde Council’s environment, health and housing committee, said: “Sea-water quality along the Fylde coast has improved tremendously in recent decades but we all have to keep the pressure on.

“Most of us are already taking responsibility to keep the sea clean but we want the younger generation to understand how they can help.”

To enter, schools can download a pack from http://lovemybeach.org/request-an-education-pack/