Paint Your Mum Competition

Pupils at North Newton Community Primary School are celebrating, after beating off competition from almost 300 young artists to win a prestigious painting competition - Paint Your Mum, organised by Bridgwater Town Centre Partnership, run in conjunction with Bridgwater Arts Centre and Angel Place shopping Centre.

The School was selected as overall winner, for the second year running, after submitting a high standard and variety of work. Youngsters aged 6 to 11, entered portraits of their mums for judging, and panel of experts then had the challenge to pick the winning school.

The judges for 2003 were Somerset County Councillor, Pat Parker and Sedgemoor District Council's Arts Officer, Chris Sidaway.

The winning school was presented with an engraved shield and certificate, sponsored by Angel Place Shopping Centre, at a special school assembly. In addition to the overall school prize, the judges also picked out some individual paintings for special mention, Eleanor Skeen, Kate Woodman, Scott Webber and Laura Cheetham. These winners received individual prizes and a framed certificate. Prizes were donated by St John Street Toys in the form of vouchers and Easter Eggs from the Town Centre Manager.

Finally, all the Mothers' names from children who entered were put into a prize draw and two lucky winners, Linda Sellick from North Newton and Sandra Kerton from Mark received bouquets for Mother's Day. These were sponsored by Flowers International in Eastover and The Flower Box in the High Street.

Chris Sidaway said "the standard of entries for this competition were extremely high. Well deserved congratulations go to the pupils at North Newton. The judges also agreed that Eleanor Skeen of Mark First School was outstanding and contributed a very mature portrait of her mum".

Lynda Puk, assistant to the Town Centre Manager added, "The Town Centre Partnership were pleased to run a competition involving school children and we hope to extend the entry age range for next year. The display of paintings has been very popular with shoppers. On behalf of the Town Centre Partnership, we would like to thank everyone who participated".