More than 150 children designed posters to help welcome the Royal Anglians to Kettering during their freedom of the borough homecoming march last Monday (July 21).
Youngsters at schools in the Kettering area were asked to design a poster which included the words ‘Heroes’ and ‘Welcome in Kettering’.
The mayor and a representative from the regiment chose two winners last week, and on Monday the winners and runners-up were invited to the Mayor’s Parlour at Kettering Council where they were awarded a certificate and goody bag.
Winners in the under-7s category were: RJ Shaw, 5, Loatlands School; runner-up Zoe Allott, 6, Loatlands School.
Seven to 11s: Holly Abbott, 9, Rothwell Junior School; runner-up Brooke Spencer, 10, Rothwell Junior School.
The winning posters are available to view at the Freedom of the Borough display in Kettering Museum throughout August and on the council’s website and Twitter and Facebook pages.
Sue Lyons, Kettering Council’s head of democratic and legal services said: “The fantastic response we received for the competition showcased just how great the Freedom of the Borough Homecoming Parade was.
“So many young people got involved with the competition and showed up to support the troops, it was a brilliant day that will be remembered and the posters are wonderful mementoes of it.”
Duncan Bain, mayor of Kettering, said: “The response for the poster competition was outstanding.
“We have some really talented young people in the Kettering area. I’d like to thank schools for actively encouraging their students to get involved and I’d like to give an even bigger thank you to the young people who sent in posters.
“The range of posters we received were thoughtful and creative and really captured the excitement and importance of the Freedom of the Borough Homecoming march.”