Winners of the year’s Fareham in Bloom competition announced

Back, from left: Pete and Heather Othen, Bridget Thickett, Heather Scott, Geoff Thickett and Jean Kingdom. Front, from left: Alfie Clifton, Freya Lumb and Jessica Bailey
Back, from left: Pete and Heather Othen, Bridget Thickett, Heather Scott, Geoff Thickett and Jean Kingdom. Front, from left: Alfie Clifton, Freya Lumb and Jessica Bailey
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Three young artists have been rewarded for their talents by winning the annual children’s colouring competition at the yearly Fareham in Bloom event.

Freya Lumb, 10, from Redlands Junior School, Alfie Clifton, eight, from Wallisdean Junior School and Jessica Bailey, six, from Woodcot Primary School were praised for their colourful entries.

More than 400 pictures were put in front of the judges, which consisted of members of the In Bloom committee and sponsors of the event at Fareham Shopping Centre.

The judges were amazed at the number of pictures they had received.

They selected winners based on original use of colours, tidiness and artistic flair.

Each youngster had to colour in the Life At The Beach scene, which was created by Portchester-based artist Jonathon Scott.

Shopping centre manager, Mike Taylor said: ‘Year-on-year the entries get better and better.

‘The children clearly put a huge amount of hard work and time into their images.

‘This year’s efforts were exceptional and we would like to congratulate our winners and thank all the other children who took part.’

Freya, Alfie and Jessica all received a goodie bag full of games and treats, along with a £25 voucher to spend at Next.

They will now be invited to the Fareham Borough Council civic awards on September 17.

The trio will be presented with a Fareham in Bloom certificate at the event by Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Mike Ford.

All three winners said they were thrilled to be selected and excited to be meeting the mayor.