Airship inspiration for young artists

Shortstown Primary pupils Tala Ibrahim, 5, Harry McDdavitt, 5 with Simi Thaneja and Elaine Brown.

Shortstown Primary pupils Tala Ibrahim, 5, Harry McDdavitt, 5 with Simi Thaneja and Elaine Brown.

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The iconic R101 airship inspired youngsters in a drawing and colouring competition.

The winners of a school competition were announced at a special assembly at Shortstown Primary on Friday, October 24.

The three winners were presented with a copy of their artwork which has been recreated on canvas for them to keep, as well as a voucher each.

The competition was launched at the beginning of the autumn term and set the children the challenge of drawing and colouring a picture of the R101 to tie in with a school project about the world famous airship.

Bellway Homes, who recently launched the second phase of its New Cardington development near to the school, will display the winning works of art in the new showhomes when they open in the New Year.

Denise Cottam, head teacher at Shortstown Primary School which moved to the current site last month, said: “The R101 is hugely iconic, and having originally been housed in one of the hangars which are so close to the school, it has become a big part of our school’s heritage.

“This term the Year 1 children have been learning all about the R101, so the competition was perfect for them.”

Bellway will also be working with pupils to landscape the school’s wildlife area.