SIX budding young artists were invited to see their newly painted designs for the Malvern Park gates unveiled this week.
The schoolchildren’s designs, picked from over 1,000 entries in the borough-wide competition to decorate the gates’ blank shields for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, were revealed by Mayor of Solihull, Coun Ken Hawkins, on Tuesday (June 18).
“Today will form part of the history of Solihull,” said Coun Hawkins. “You may not appreciate it now but in 50, 60, 70 years people will be able to walk past and see these designs here.”
Winners Daniel Kirby, aged 15, of Merstone Special School, Mia Prescott, aged 10, of Greswold School, Ana Manolescu, aged 12 of St Martin’s, Victoria Newbery, aged 14 also of St Martins, Anouska Johnson, aged 11, of Kingswood and Wiktoria Kowalcyzk, aged 11, of Mill Lodge Primary, were all invited to watch the unveiling, alongside parents, teachers and councillors.
Victoria chose her design; two shaking hands, in front of a hill, underneath a 60th crown because “everyone in Solihull is so friendly,” while Wiktoria’s design featured a flower and acorn with blue, black and yellow background.
“I thought the park is really beautiful so I drew a flower to represent it,” said Wiktoria.
“The yellow and blue stripes were chosen randomly but the black represented, when I normally visit the park, the weather’s really bad.”
Her teacher, Rob Jervis, said: “I’m really proud. The competition was an idea that the children seemed to pick up and run with. They’ve put a lot of care and effort into it.”
Other winning designs featured the town’s motto; Urbs in Rure, St Alphege, flowers, and a Union flag while the rest of the 23 shields were decorated in tree, leaf and diamond motifs.
Coun Stuart Davis, (Con, St Alphege) added: “I think it’s absolutely brilliant. They’ve done a fantastic job. It was a very special year so it is marvellous to commemorate that.”