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Whitefriars Canterbury receives record-breaking amount of entries for Jubilee banner competition

Schools across the district have submitted a record 700 entries to a Whitefriars competition to design colourful banners to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

Judges have selected 21 designs to display on 8ft high banners around the Canterbury shopping centre, with winning entries from Briary Primary School, Herne Bay; East Stour Primary School, Willesborough; Hampton Primary School, Herne Bay; and St Peter’s Methodist Primary School, Canterbury. Winning entrants ranged in age from 6 -11. 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.

Whitefriars ran the competition in association with Canterbury College with Head of Visual Arts Ben Kidger and Director of People Development Summer Macer assisting on the judging panel.

 Summer Macer says: “So many fantastic entries, congratulations to the winners and their stunning entries. Thank you to the schools and teachers nurturing our young artists and 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 – over 600 entries were submitted to Whitefriars for consideration.

“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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