Primary school aged children in Tamworth are being invited to spread some festive cheer and win the top honour of switching on the town’s Christmas lights with the return of the Mayor’s Christmas card competition.
Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Maureen Gant, is looking for a design that will form the basis of her official Christmas card this year and as such will be sent to hundreds of dignitaries, community groups and individuals across the area.
As well as seeing their design in print, the winning child will also scoop £50 in Hobbycraft vouchers, donated by Community Together, and be invited to launch Tamworth’s festive season by switching on the Christmas lights in front of thousands of people during the celebrations in St Editha’s Square on Sunday, November 22.
Cllr Gant said: “I love Christmas and the excitement of the build up. During my year as Mayor I’d like to wish people a merry Christmas with a more personal and memorable card. Asking the children of Tamworth to design it seems a perfect way of doing this.
“I’m hoping it will also give youngsters the chance to let their creative talents flourish in a fun activity. We are open to all ideas. Entries can be a photograph, a drawing, painting or cartoon. Obviously it needs to be festive and it would be great if it could have a link to Tamworth.”
Competition organisers from The Mayor’s Office and Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team will be joined on the judging panel by a representative from the Tamworth Herald.
The contest is open to Tamworth children aged 4-11 and all primary schools in the town have been invited to take part. Children can also prepare their entries at home.
Designs must be submitted by Friday, October 23, and can be handed in at Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street and at Tamworth Borough Council’s main offices at Marmion House in Lichfield Street.
Designs need to be no bigger than A4 and must include the child’s name, age, contact details and school on the back. Participants must be available to attend the Christmas lights switch on event in St Editha’s Square from 5pm on November 22. Sponsored by Ankerside Shopping Centre, the festivities will include carols, performances and a special visit from Peppa Pig.
For more information contact the Arts and Events team at firstname.lastname@example.org.