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Falmouth school children's colourful work marking 150th rail line anniversary

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: July 26, 2013

  • First prize winner in the 5to 8 age group - Gabriel John Higgins, and third prize winner in the older age group, Lilly May Turner, Marlborough Road School with councillor Geoffrey Evans, Mayor of Falmouth.

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Falmouth school children designed new posters marking the 150th anniversary of the Maritime railway line.

Pupils from five local schools rose to the challenge laid down by The Poly Local History and Research Group to design a poster promoting travelling to Falmouth by train.

The grand winner of the competition, to be announced at the opening of a new Poly exhibition, will see their design displayed at stations across the region.

Inspiration came from the Poly archive of historic photographs many of which will be on display at their Falmouth On Track exhibition from August 19 to September 7, alongside the prize winning posters.

The judges included, Penryn Mayor, councillor Beverley Hulme, who said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about their heritage and demonstrate their artistic skills. We were very impressed by the standard of entries and had some tough decisions to make.”

The competition was supported by local companies Fal River Cornwall, The Big Red Bus Company and The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society.

The winners were presented with their prizes at school in the last week of term and will be guests of honour at the private launch of the Falmouth on Track exhibition when a grand prize winner will be announced.

First prize in the 5-8year-old went to Gabriel John Higgins, Marlborough Road School. Second prize – joint entry by Harry McIntosh and Dylan Jephcott, Kennall Vale School.

Third prize was awarded to Charlotte Barclay, Kennall Vale School.

Children aged 8 - 11, first prize went to Adam Campbell, St Mary's Catholic Primary School. Second prize, Iysha Webb, King Charles Primary School. Third prize, Lilly May Turner Marlborough Road School.

All children who entered received certificates and shortlisted entries will be posted on the History Group Website http/rememberfalmouth.co.uk.

Further information about the Railway 150 celebrations can be found on the Falmouth Town Website.

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