COLOURFUL posters designed by youngsters will soon be put up to promote a village’s historic carnival.
For the first time, the Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society, which organises the village’s annual carnival, held a competition for children to create posters to advertise the day.
The two winners were given prizes of art equipment and along with the four runners-up will now have their posters recreated and put up around Titchfield for the 130-year-old event, which takes place on October 23.
Sophie Alley, nine, scooped the winner’s prize in the eight to 11 age group with her picture of the carnival royalty’s float.
The Titchfield Primary pupil said: ‘I thought it would be fun to enter.
‘I was surprised when I won because there were a lot of other people who entered.
‘I thought it would be a good idea to draw the carnival princess as that’s the only float I know will definitely be in the parade.
‘I did enter the carnival princess competition and I got to the final, but I didn’t win. I’ll try again next year.’
Lily Bond took top honours in the four to seven category with her poster showing some of the stalls and an entertainer on stilts.
The seven-year-old, also at Titchfield Primary, said: ‘My mum always said I was a good artist and I’ve always wanted to draw a poster.
‘It was a big surprise when they said I had won – it made me feel happy.
‘I’m a bit embarrassed that it will be put up everywhere, but I am a little bit proud too.’
Runners-up in the younger age group were Kieran Simpson, seven, and Jaime Mesa, seven, and in the older age group it was Myah Ojla, 10, and Tom Allen-Jones, 10.
Ann Whyntie, chairwoman of the Bonfire Boys, said: ‘It was very difficult to select a winner in each category as all the entries were so good. As a result we decided to use the four runners-up as well as the winning entries to promote the carnival.’