Illuminations encourages everyone to LOVEmyBEACH 23 September 2015
Ten year old Sophie Whitehead from Westcliff School in Blackpool has beaten 418 other children to have her design turned into a Blackpool illumination.
 
School children from across the North West learned about how to love the beach before designing their message on an illuminations template.The children did fun activities about looking after the sea, including not feeding the birds, putting litter in the bin and using a fat trap for kitchen fats instead of pouring them down the sink.
 
Sophie told us what inspired her, “I love the beach because I like picking shells and making sandcastles so I included those in my design.” Sophie’s mum Maria said, “She’s so pleased. She loves art and is very creative! We’re really proud to see her design in the lights.”
 
The winning design wowed illuminations curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen who had the tough job of judging the winner and said, “Eye catching image – lovely characters particularly the clouds. Wonderful, wonderful colours. Congratulations!” Laurence said of judging the competition, “One of the things that makes judging very difficult is the fact that kids have a reaction to the beach that’s all about excitement, it’s all about enthusiasm, it’s all about energy. So the artwork becomes really uplifting. What’s particularly clever of the winner and runner up is they got across the LOVEmyBEACH message so elegantly.
 
As well as seeing her design in lights, Sophie receives a family ticket to Sandcastle in Blackpool and her school receives a workshop from Keep Britain Tidy’s Eco-Schools team. Sophie’s design can be seen as part of the world famous Blackpool illuminations until 8 November 2015. 

Feeling inspired to love the beach? The LOVEmyBEACH campaign is a great way for anyone who lives, works or visits the North West to make a difference and help make the sea cleaner. Visit www.lovemybeach.org to find out more.