The LOVEmyBEACH campaign has teamed up with Blackpool Council and their Illuminations curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to launch a competition for schools.
The competition is open to schools in Blackpool, Lancashire, Cumbria, Sefton and Wirral for Key Stage 1 and 2 children to design a LOVEmyBEACH message for the 3million people who will visit the illuminations this year.
The competition encourages people to do their bit to love beaches in the North West, which face tough new water quality standards from 2015.
To enter, schools download the FREE LOVEmyBEACH education pack from the websitehttp://lovemybeach.org/request-an-education-pack/ then choose an activity for their design.
The design should include the website address www.lovemybeach.org.
All entries must be designed using the template printed onto A3 paper and posted to Keep Britain Tidy by 5pm on Friday 17 July 2015. The winner will be announced in September 2015.
The winning design will be chosen by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and be transformed into an illumination on display from 4 September to 8 November 2015. The pupil will also receive a FREE family ticket for Sandcastle Waterpark Blackpool.
Keep Britain Tidy has offered a prize for the winning school of a workshop from a member of their Eco-Schools team to help the school be more eco-friendly.
Chair of Turning tides, Neil Jack, said: “It’s really important we all take responsibility and do our bit for cleaner seas. And it’s easy; not feeding the birds and only ever flushing pee, poo and paper are a great start!
“We’re trying to get schools on board and get children to learn the importance of looking after our bathing waters.
“At the same time, we want visitors to the coast to be aware of the actions that they need to take to make sure our North West coasts remain some of the most loved in the country.
“The final Illumination will promote the LOVEmyBEACH message to the millions of people who visit the Illuminations this year and I’m looking forward to seeing the winning design.”
For more details about the campaign and the competition, visit www.lovemybeach.org