Seven schoolchildren from across Swindon will see their artistic flair proudly displayed across the town – on a Thamesdown bus.
Thamesdown Transport challenged Swindon’s schoolchildren to draw their favourite place in Swindon. Over 500 drawings were sent in, ranging from local shops and play centres to Barbury Castle and Lydiard House.
The Thamesdown judges decided that first place in the Reception class category would go to Kiera Rawlings, 4, from Tregoze Primary School, who drew Lydiard Park, first place in the Years 1 and 2 category went to Adam McCarthy, 7, of Lawn Primary School who drew Swindon Town Football Club and first place in the Years 3-6 category was awarded to Courtney Jones, 9, of Even Swindon Primary School, who drew Lydiard House.
The Judges’ Special Award was given to Jennifer Langman, 10, who attends Lethbridge Primary School, for her picture of Old Town Gardens Bandstand.
The runners up were Millie White, 4, of Lawn Primary School for her picture of the Polo Ground, Gabriela Sojkawska, 8, also from Lawn Primary School, who drew The Oasis, and Talia Hayward, 6, from Grange Infants School who drew her own school.
As well as seeing their pictures on the side of the bus, the lucky winners also received money for their school to spend on art equipment.
Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport, said: “We were overwhelmed by the standard of entries from all the schools – the children had obviously put a lot of time and effort into their pictures. It was very difficult to choose the winners.
“The bus will be used at various times across Swindon on Services 1/1A (Fleming Way – Middleleaze), 2 (Fleming Way – Covingham), 13 and 14 (Haydon Wick – Eldene) and 17 (Penhill – Park North) and we hope people will enjoy looking out for this eye-catching vehicle.”
For more information about Thamesdown and its services, visit www.thamesdownbus.com.
Pictured: Jennifer Langman, Millie White, Gabriela Sojkawska, Adam McCarthy and Talia Hayward in front of the painted bus.