BUDDING young artists are being given the opportunity to turn their work into a piece of local history at Malvern Park.
As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Solihull Council is asking children to design a new collection of decorative shields to adorn the ornamental gates at Malvern Park.
Councillor Diana Holl-Allen, (Knowle, Con), said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the borough to be part of history. To have their design appear at the gateway to one of our flagship parks would be a great honour, and I’m sure something Councillor Wright would have thoroughly approved of, when he gave the gates to our borough.”
The Malvern Park Gates were gifted to Solihull by Councillor William Wright in 1956 and originally contained 22 shields which bore the borough’s coat of arms.
But the coat of arms have now changed and no record exists of the shields’ original decorations which have been painted plain gold.
Therefore, the council is asking all pupils in the borough to submit new designs for the shields with the theme “Solihull celebrates the Jubilee”.
Entries must be submitted by January 30, 2012, and winners will be picked by the Mayor of Solihull the following month.
Winning designs will then be painted on the shields to be in place for the Jubilee Celebrations in June.
“We know there are some fantastic young artists out there in our schools, and we are so excited to see what ideas they come up with,” Coun Holl-Allen added.
To enter, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/jubilee/shields.
Councillors are also appealing to anyone with photographs of the gates in the 1950s, especially showing details of the shields, to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 704 8750.