School’s prizes will go on growing on

Funeral director Joel Kerr who is organising a a Diamond Jubilee competition for local primary school children.
Funeral director Joel Kerr who is organising a a Diamond Jubilee competition for local primary school children.

YOUNGSTERS can show off their creative skills celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and give themselves a chance of being crowned winners of a competition.

Today, Joel D Kerr Funeral Service, with the backing of the Hartlepool Mail, is launching a Royal-themed competition.

The company, based in York Road, in the town, is urging primary school children across Hartlepool to put pen to paper and draw a picture relating to the upcoming Diamond Jubilee.

The winning youngster’s school will be able to look back on the jubilee for years to come as the winning prize is a number of trees planted in the school site to mark the momentous occasion.

Funeral director Joel Kerr, told the Mail he is delighted to be launching the competition and involving youngsters throughout the town.

The funeral service got the opportunity to take part in a tree planting project after teaming up with JC Atkinson coffin manufacturers.

Joel said: “We are delighted to be launching this competition to thousands of primary school children.

“It’s a chance for them to show off their creative skills and to mark the upcoming Diamond Jubilee.

“Hopefully we will get a fantastic response.”

Joel added: “We love the idea of planting trees to celebrate the jubilee. These trees will benefit our local community for years to come.

“We feel it is a fitting way to pass on to the next generation something that not only provides a benefit to the environment but also improves the area that they are planted in.”

Youngsters should get to work straight away on their Royal-themed drawings.

Entries should be sent to Dominic Shaw at Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX before the deadline of Wednesday, May 23.

Drawings should include the youngsters name, year group and school.

The winning entry will then be chosen ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend at the beginning of June.