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PARISHIONERS are inviting people to showcase their artistic side to help them raise £150,000 to save their church.

Holy Trinity Church in Seaton Carew has launched the art competition in the next phase of its On a Wing and a Prayer appeal.

Whether your talent lies in painting, drawing or taking a great picture, the church wants you to come up with a creative idea that fits in with the campaign’s wing and a prayer theme.

Carol Cliffe, Holy Trinity restoration appeal co-ordinator, said: “The competition is open to children and adults.

“We are asking people to produce a piece of artwork drawing, painting, collage, or photograph around our theme of On a Wing and a Prayer.

“You might want to think of the wing of a church or another building, or wings of a bird, an aeroplane, a butterfly or even an angel. Or you could consider a prayer – where do you pray, what do you pray for?”

Selected entries will be shown to the whole town by being included in an exhibition at Hartlepool Art Gallery in Church Square.

Twelve winning entries will be made into a calendar, which will be sold in aid of the appeal.

And all competition entries will be sold to the highest bidder in an auction at Seaton Cricket Club on Saturday, September 10.

There are four age categories made up of under fives, age six to 11, 12 to 16 and 16 and over.

Prizes include a family RSPB membership, book token, bird watching book and children’s art materials and colouring books.

Respected members of the local art community will judge the competition and include Bob Watson, a local artist and former head of creative studies at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Greatham artist Raymond Williams, and Kane Young, a local photographer who has just started his own photography business.

The closing date for entries is Monday, July 4, and it costs £1 to enter.

Return your entries to your school, Holy Trinity Church or directly to Carol Cliffe at Exchange & Move, 6 Scarborough Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7DA.