Pupils from 11 of Lancashire’s Primary Schools have been feverishly crafting, colouring and cutting in an attempt to create winning baubles to be displayed on the Christmas Tree at Booths in Longton.
Booths has teamed up with new, craft studio The Crafty Potter, to run the Christmas Bauble Design Competition, which resulted in 986 submissions from local primary school pupils.
Winners were awarded from each age group at every school that entered the competition at award presentations in schools hosted by The Crafty Potter and managers from Booths supermarket in Longton.
Over the last few weeks, the winners have been turning their vision into reality, and hand crafting ceramic baubles at The Crafty Potter, which have been glazed and fired, and hung in pride of place on the big Booths Christmas tree.
The 41 winners visited the Longton store with their friends and family to personally hang their finished masterpieces on the Booths tree.
Simon Lightfoot, store manager, Booths Longton, said: “We are overwhelmed by the response we have had to the competition and couldn’t have hoped for a greater involvement from our local primary schools. It’s been a tough competition to judge, we received a really high standard of entries from all schools. The winning entries were chosen based on their unique designs – something just that little bit different to add a special sparkle to Christmas.”
“We hope our Christmas festivities will bring local residents all the more joy for knowing their friends and family were the creative masterminds behind it.”
Angela Andrews, owner of The Crafty Potter, added: “As a new local craft business we were very excited to run this competition with Booths. The baubles designed by the winners were amazing and we can’t wait to see them once we have glazed and fired them.
“All the schools have been very welcoming at the presentation assemblies and we hope to continue to work with other schools and groups within the community.”
The schools which took part in the competition were St Mary Magdelen’s Catholic Primary School, Hesketh with Becconsall All Saints C of E School, St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, Longton Primary School, Little Hoole Primary School, Tarleton Community Primary School, Ashbridge Independent School, Mere Brow Church of England Primary School, Howick Church Endowed Primary School, St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School and New Longton All Saints C of E Primary School.