Children from 13 schools across Coalville will see their artwork on display this weekend after being challenged by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC).
Ahead of the Music and Picnic in the Park events in the town this weekend, youngsters have been designing, drawing and writing on large boards under the theme of Choose Coalville.
The NWLDC project has been generously supported by James Latham, who donated 27 wooden boards to the schools on which the children have produced their designs.
This week all of the boards are being put on display in Coalville Park for everyone to enjoy, including at NWLDC’s free family Music and Picnic in the Park events on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June.
All of the schools have produced different boards and have been encouraged to get as many children involved as possible. Belvoirdale Primary managed to get every student involved in their board that features Coalville Memorial Clock Tower, which is currently undergoing essential maintenance and renovation work.
The background to their design in made up of blue paint fingerprints from every child, with the tower in the forefront showing the past, present and even the future of the tower, as the children see it.
James Latham is the UK’s biggest independent timber and panel products distributor and has just opened a new 55,000m2 depot at Optimus Point in Glenfield. Latham’s played a crucial role in making the project happen by providing the boards for the children to work on.
Casey-May Carr, aged 11, is a pupil at Belvoirdale Primary School. She said: “It’s been really exciting and really enjoyable. We’ve been working on it for a long time but we’re really happy with how it looks. It shows the Coalville Memorial Tower in the past, the present, and how it could look in the future and we’ve had everyone in the school working on it. I’m definitely going to see it in Coalville Park when it’s been moved there.”
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC said: “Our huge thanks to Latham Timber for helping to make this project happen through their sponsorship and to all the school’s that have taken part. It is really important children living in and around Coalville understand the town’s heritage and history, and feel proud of it. I can’t wait to see all the boards on display in Coalville Park.”
Chris Sutton, Managing Director at James Latham, said: “We were delighted to sponsor this project and it’s great to hear how much the children have enjoyed being a part of it. We feel it’s really important to support our local communities, and we’re proud to have worked both with the schools and NWLDC who have both done an amazing job.”
Richard Dax, head teacher at Belvoirdale Primary School, said: “Learning about Coalville plays a big part in our curriculum. We believe that children should have pride in their heritage and use it to plan a better future for themselves and their town.”
Music in the Park takes place in Coalville Park between 6pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 23 June. This is followed by Picnic in the Park between noon and 5.30pm on Sunday 24 June, also in Coalville Park.
Performers at Music in the Park include 50s and 60s singer Andy B Goode, the Ashby Big Band and jazz band Strife of Riley.
Sunday’s Picnic in the Park features lots of stalls, attractions and family entertainment including Baby Big Top Circus, entertainer The Man in the Moon, children’s rides and inflatables. There will be more music too on the big stage from Bel Canto Youth Choir, Desford Colliery Band, Justice Beach, 80s Sensation and Idle Empire.
For more information on the events visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/musicandpicnic
Picture: Belvoirdale Primary School pupils Casey-May Carr, Kacper Gorski and Yazmin Taylor-Beck with the art board they have designed for Coalville Park