Christmas lights in Windermere and Bowness this year will feature the work of local contest-winners in a project organised for the town’s three primary schools.
Award winning designer Alison Tordoff, who lives in Windermere, has set up a competition for children to design their own festive lights. The winning designs will be made into illuminated lights and displayed in Ellerthwaite Sqaure hanging in and around the tree. The big lights switch-on in the town is Saturday November 29.
Alison, who runs Fidget Design, has enlisted the help of Liam Clark at Kendal’s Sun Signs who will be making up the shapes of the final chosen designs, ready to be attached to LED rope lights.
Children from St Martin and St Mary’s, Goodly Dale, and St Cuthbert’s primary schools are all taking part in the competition. It is planned to have two winners from each school, and the children’s artwork will be displayed in local shop windows.
They will also be displayed at the Windermere Aquatic clothing store and Fun Factory whose managing director Grahame Armer is sponsoring the competition.
Alison said: “The children can work in groups or on their own, and create designs which are as colourful as possible. The finished artwork needs to be hand in to their schools by Monday November 24.”
She added: “We are really pleased that the Windermere and Bowness lights organisers, and our sponsors, are encouraging young talent this way. It makes them a real part of this community event.”