Colourful Banners Made by Schoolchildren to Adorn Weymouth this Summer
7:41am 9th July 2013
Dazzling new banners designed by school children from Weymouth and Portland will be going on display this week along Weymouth Seafront and Harbourside.
More than 100 youngsters aged between 8 and 11 took part in the scheme that was inspired by the Olympics last year.
Artists Heidi Steller and Sharon Hayden worked with classes at Beechcroft St Paul's Primary School, Westfield Arts College, the Isle of Portland Aldridge Academy's Underhill campus and St John's Primary School creating half size versions of the banners while Alastair Nisbet worked with groups on photography and digital imaging.
Project co-ordinator Alastair Nisbet said: "We wanted the children to show some of the fun things they enjoy on the beach and at the seaside - swimming, boating, making sandcastles, riding donkeys, beach cricket, flying kites and much more. They are about the fun of being on holiday in Weymouth and we think they will look wonderful lining the seafront."
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Tourism and Culture brief holder Cllr Ian Bruce said: "These pieces of art produced by local schools will be a fantastic addition to Weymouth's already spectacular seafront.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase some of our young talent. The banners will resemble some of the 'look and feel' elements we had in the borough last summer.
"I would like to congratulate all the pupils, teachers and artists for their great work."
The project has been awarded the "Inspired by 2012" mark by the Cabinet Office for its contribution to the country's Olympic legacy.