Primary school children challenged to get arty for Armed Forces Day

Date: 26/04/2016
Ref: PR 8215

Primary school children from the Wakefield district are being challenged to get creative and enter this year’s Armed Forces Day drawing competition.

This year’s Armed Forces Day is being celebrated for the first time at Pontefract Park on Saturday 25 June.

The event is free and includes a Lancaster Bomber flypast, a free fall parachute display, a Police Dog display, and military bands and lots more! Children will also be able to enjoy attractions including climbing towers, a giant bouncy castle and paint balling.

To get involved, Wakefield Council is asking young people to enter a drawing, inspired by the armed services. School children can enter in two age categories - school years 3 and 4 or years 5 and 6.

In each age group, the first prize winner will be awarded a £50 Amazon voucher, and their design will feature on next year’s poster. There will also be a runner up from each age group and they will receive a £20 Amazon voucher.

Cllr Sandra Pickin, Armed Forces Champion for the district, said: “This competition is a wonderful way for children to get involved in our armed forces day celebrations. This is their chance to celebrate and honour those who have fought to protect our country and are still serving. We hope many children take the chance to get creative and send their drawings through – and of course they can win prizes as well.”

Prizes will be awarded to winners by Lord St Oswald and army veteran Ben Parkinson MBE at the Armed Forces Day event on Saturday 25 June.

Images must be drawn within a square box 10cm x 10cm. On the back of each entry participants need to write their name, their school year and their school.

Entries must be sent to Armed Forces Day competition, Room 12a, Wakefield Town Hall, Wood Street, WF1 2HQ, by Friday 13 May.

A panel will shortlist drawings in each age category and then they will be added to the events Facebook page  The picture from each category with the highest combined likes and shares will be the winner. Winning entries will be notified by Friday 10 June.

Winners will be invited to the event on Saturday 25 June to claim their prizes.

This is the first year that the event has been held at Pontefract Park. Over 400 trees were planted there in March in memory of fallen soldiers from the local area during the Great War.

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