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Special artwork to welcome visitors to Kirkby town centre

by Guy Murphy

Poster designs by Kirkby primary school children have been incorporated into a special piece of artwork welcoming people to the town centre.

The artwork featuring the colourful and creative designs will be displayed at a key gateway to the town centre on Telegraph Way and it is due to be installed over the coming weeks.

In March, primary school children in Kirkby were invited to design ‘Welcome to Kirkby Town Centre’ posters to celebrate the arrival of the new retail development.

Over 500 brilliant designs were submitted, with pupils from Westvale Primary School, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, Kirkby Church of England Primary School, Millbrook Primary School, St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School, St Marie’s Catholic Primary School and St Joseph the Worker Primary School taking part.

Some have been incorporated in the specially created town centre artwork, while others have been on display in the window of a shop unit.

All the designs can be viewed on the Council’s flickr page.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “This is a really exciting time for Kirkby and one which we should all be celebrating. This wonderful piece of artwork encapsulates this. The children of Kirkby have played a special part in putting this together, which is fitting because we want future generations to benefit from all of the new amenities arriving in the town.”

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, added: “Seeing all of the children’s designs and how this special piece of artwork has come together can’t help but put a smile on your face! The artwork will brighten up a key gateway to Kirkby Town Centre and add to the positivity around the town.”

KFC was the first new unit to open at the new retail development last week, with Taco Bell opening this week. A Morrisons superstore, six-pump petrol station and a larger Home Bargains are all scheduled to  open over the coming months.

Plans are also progressing to deliver a new multi-screen cinema scheme including food and drink outlets in the town centre.