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College boosts Jubilee celebrations

Canterbury College teamed up with the Whitefriars Shopping Centre and local primary schools to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Colourful banners adorned with schoolchildren’s regal designs have been installed around the centre, which is to hosted range of activities over the royal celebration weekend.

Out of the 700 entries submitted – a record for a Whitefriars competition – 21 designs were selected to be displayed on the 8ft high banners.

A number of runners-up entries are also being displayed in the former Topshop store window in Whitefriars Street in the run-up to, and over, the extended Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

The tricky final decision was made by a panel of judges which included Ben Kidger, Head of Visual Arts at Canterbury College’s Canterbury School of Visual Arts, and Summer Macer, EKC Group’s Director of People Development.

Included in the winning designs were works by students from Briary Primary School, Herne Bay and East Stour Primary School, Willesborough, both part of the EKC Schools Trust group of primaries. Speaking about the entries, created by children aged 6 to 11, Summer Macer said: “So many fantastic entries, congratulations to the winners and their stunning entries.

“Thank you to the schools and teachers nurturing our young artists, and to Whitefriars for hosting such a joyful competition; a beautiful way to celebrate her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee".

Ben Kidger said: “Following the call for young artists to get involved we were all amazed by the response from them.

“The calibre of art was incredibly high, and all the young artists showed great creativity in their entries. It was an incredibly tough judging decision, and they should all be proud of their efforts.

“The work they’ve put in will make Canterbury’s jubilee celebrations even more colourful than they were already set to be!”

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