COLOURFUL lollipops have appeared on a roundabout heading into Portsmouth.
The 12ft metal structures have been installed by Colas on the Market Way roundabout at the end of Commercial Road.
They were designed by schoolchildren from three schools.
Six pupils from Charles Dickens Juniors, five from Arundel Court Juniors and five from Flying Bull School were chosen to have their designs showcased.
The competition was for a design to be made for the roundabout and it was won by Southsea artist Kevin Dean, who came up with the lollipops concept.
Former Lord Mayor Cheryl Buggy decided to take the competition to the schools to design what went on the end of the sticks.
She said: ‘Revamping the roundabout was part of the council’s plan to improve the first impression people get when driving into the city centre.
‘We worked with local schools on the designs and chose the best 16.’
Cheryl helped judge the competition and picked the winners.
She added: ‘The structures on the roundabout are based on these colourful, imaginative designs.
‘The trees and flowers and lollipops the children designed will look bright, fun and futuristic – they’ll put a smile on people’s faces.’
Craig Duncan, headteacher at Charles Dickens Juniors in Turner Road, Landport, thinks the lollipops are a great addition to the city.
He said: ‘They’re bright, colourful and a super welcome to our city.
‘I’m pleased that the children of our school were able to make a contribution with their vibrant design ideas.’
Pupils at Arundel Court Juniors in Northam Street, Portsmouth, were excited to see their designs go up.
Headteacher Karen Stocks said: ‘The children were all proud that their designs have been created.
‘They have been eager to show their friends and feel like they are part of the city.’
The structures will not be permanent but will remain until work starts on the Northern Quarter.
The lollipops will be maintained and cared for by Colas.