Mayor unveils children's bus adverts

The Mayor of Wolverhampton joined the winners from National Express West Midlands ‘class pass’ art competition to unveil their winning posters this week.

The region’s biggest bus operator launched the competition for primary school pupils to draw their dream field trip for posters promoting their new class pass product.

The competition had hundreds of entries from dozens of schools with field trips to exotic locations, sporting events and famous monuments. However the winning entries went one step further and illustrated what trips to Candyland and Mars would be like.

The winning entries came from Bilston Church of England Primary School pupils Sachin Chumber and Keelan Thornton, who drew Mars, and East Park Primary School pupil Sarina Kumari, who drew Candyland.

The winners will receive a free day out for them and their family at a local attraction and their schools will receive two free class passes for use on future field trips.

The class pass gives a class of 30 children and six accompanying adults a full day of travel across the region for just £1.25 each. With no restrictions on the times at which the groups can travel, the 'Class Pass', which can be used on any route, gives schools a cheaper and more flexible way of organising field trips.

Peter Coates, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands said: “We wanted an advert that captures the excitement children feel ahead of a school trip and the winning designs really do. We had hundreds of entries that were colourful, imaginative and really well drawn. Picking a winner was really tough but Sachin, Keelan and Sarina’s drawings really captured our imagination.”

Councillor Jaspal, Mayor of Wolverhampton, said: "I was very impressed with the very high standard of art work from the children. This competition really captured their imaginations and it shows you the very high standards we have in Wolverhampton."

Photo (l-r): Sachin Chumber, Cllr Jaspal, Keelan Thornton and Sarina Kumari with their poster.

Published 30th July 2013