Maldon schoolgirl in the final of national art competition
Published on Monday, 9th July 2018
Local people have the chance to vote for the entry to win
A Maldon schoolgirl’s poster has reached the final stages of National Express’s nationwide art competition that could see her work splashed across the side of a coach – and local people have the chance to vote for her entry to win.
Eleven-year-old Elyssa’s colourful poster encouraging people to visit Maldon has been shortlisted by judges in National Express’s UK-wide ‘Colour the Coach’ competition, which each year sees kids aged 5-15 compete to see their designs turned into a special one-off coach livery.
Now the public are able to vote for the St Francis Catholic Primary School pupil in an online poll before voting closes on 14th July, as she competes with eight other youngsters from the East of England who have all designed posters encouraging people to visit their home towns this summer.
The winner will enjoy a fantastic first-prize of seeing their design turned into a show-stopping livery on the side of a National Express coach.
National Express UK Coach Managing Director Chris Hardy said: “We have been simply stunned by the quality, creativity and innovation shown by this year’s entrants and it’s clear they all love and cherish their hometowns because so many entries have been brimming with things for tourists to see and do. I’m urging everyone to get online, see the quality for themselves and vote for the poster they want to see on the side of a coach.”
National Express has received hundreds of excellent Colour the Coach entries this year and with voting now live, it is seeking as many people as possible to get behind their local youngster and have their say online. Cllr Bob Boyce, Chairman of Maldon District Council’s Community Services Committee, said: “The design is bright and colourful and a fantastic advertisement for Maldon and all it has to offer for residents and visitors. I would encourage everyone to vote.”
To vote people simply need to log on to www.nationalexpress.com/colourthecoach and click the ‘vote’ button, or they can browse some of the fantastic artwork from previous years.
Now in its fourth year, Colour the Coach has seen 15 winners from all over the country with their designs touring Britain’s motorways on National Express’s coaches.
In past years children have been asked to design their ideal holidays or favourite landmark but this year National Express is bringing summer back home by asking youngsters to promote the place where they live in a bid to encourage people to visit this summer.
A winner will be chosen from four English regions: the North, the South, the East and the Midlands as well as Wales and Scotland.
The winner from each of the six areas will see their picture boldly displayed on one of the daily coach services that drive on the roads everyday.
For more information visit: https://www.nationalexpress.com/en/colour-the-coach