Well, what an exciting couple of weeks we've had!
Entries to the 2017, The Year of Sefton's Coast Design a Mascot competition initially came in slowly but in the end there were just under 500 entries to the competition - such a fantastic response. There were two categories in the competition and the age range made for a brilliant array of designs. The judging panel consisted of representatives from Sefton Council, The Atkinson, the Sefton Lansdcape Partnership, Tick Media and they sifted their way through some beautiful wildlife inspired mascots as well as some that took inspiration from the marine heritage of the 22 miles of Sefton coastline.
Others gave a nod to Antony Gormley'a Another Place and marine life that you may find in our seas but the two winners really stood out for their celebratory nature.
The winner in the Primary category was Lydia Orvice-Gibson from St Oswald's C of E Primary School in Netherton who came up with a wonderfully unique design which the panel agreed captured the nature of the whole coast. Her wave character stood out from the others from the word go due to the level of detail and the fun factor which she cleverly managed to weave in. Lydia's Headteacher, Emma Murtagh said:
“When we saw this competition we couldn’t wait to get the children started and send in some entries so I am thrilled that a St Oswald’s student has won in the Primary category. Lydia is a lovely student who thoroughly enjoys art. Well done Lydia!”
Saskia Williams, a student from Maghull High was the winner in the Secondary category and again her design was unique and imaginative and the panel felt that they could use the design across a range of platforms and materials. Judges felt they could see her seagull character used across a range of materials and maybe even used as a flag or a kite as part of the celebrations.
Saskia’s art teacher, Miss Hannah Jones encouraged her art classes to enter the competition. Miss Jones said:
“Saskia is a joy to teach as she always puts in such effort and throws herself in to whatever challenges I put to her. I was so happy when I found out that she had won in the Secondary category, well done Saskia. Art is a big part of Maghull High School and we are proud of what you’ve achieved.
We were lucky enough to go along to the schools of both winners to surprise the shocked pair in front of teachers and class mates. Both were presented with their certificate and fantastic prizes which were a family pass to the Southport Air Show, the Southport Musical Fireworks Championship and an adventure on the Sefton Coast with the Sefton Landscape Partnership. Both winners were also invited to Bootle Town Hall with their families to meet the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton who took them on a tour around the Mayoral chamber.
Thanks to everyone who sent in entries and to those who encouraged youngsters to enter, we really were overwhelmed with the response. We're expecting our mascots to become local stars, so keep your eyes peeled for them in the coming weeks!