MORE than 150 children from Coventry primary schools have been busy designing festive paper lanterns for a competition as part of the #YuleLoveCov celebrations.
The highlight of the forthcoming #YuleLoveCov Family Fun weekend on Saturday December 14 and Sunday December 15 will be a festive lantern parade featuring these colourful Christmas-themed designs from several participating schools in Broadgate.
Pupils from Sydney Stringer, Eastern Green, Bablake, SEVA, Keresley Grange, Parkgate and Park Hill have been working with Vicky from The Creation Station Coventry to make their artistic creations.
Whittling down the numbers, the top 50 will proceed through to Sunday’s final where five lucky winners will be chosen by the panel of judges including coun Patricia Hetherton, Cash for Kids, IKEA and Emilie Dentz from Millie’s Kitchen, representing the local traders on Market Way. Each winner will receive an IKEA goody box.
Patricio Aleman, store manager at IKEA Coventry, which has sponsored the weekend and supplied the 150 lanterns said: “At IKEA we’re always looking for ways to make a positive difference and support our local community, which is why we’re delighted to have sponsored Coventry’s Family Fun Weekend which will bring the city together. This is a great initiative by Coventry Business Improvement District and we look forward to taking part in the judging panel for the festive lantern competition on the 14th and 15th!”
All lanterns designs will be displayed on level 3 of West Orchards Shopping Centre during the festive period.
Musical entertainment and Coventry Christmas Market will also be adding some Christmas cheer this weekend. Cash for Kids will be collecting gifts for charity and requesting presents for less fortunate children
Tom Reeves, charity fundraising executive, Free Radio said: “In the three years that ‘Mission Christmas’ has been running, we’ve seen a big increase in people helping to provide gifts for disadvantaged local children. To see the difference to families and the staff who work with them is so rewarding – being able to help improve their lives at such a magical time, is the real meaning of Christmas. Please help if you can.”