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Designs to feature on Minehead seafront

Year 1 and Year 3 pupils, from Minehead First School, took the brief “Maritime Minehead by the Sea” to come up with their interpretation for a competition.

Minehead Coastal Communities Team (MCCT) launched the competition for a design on the theme as part of the Eastern Esplanade enhancements.

Judges Minehead Mayor Norman Hercock, Katrina Midgley, who chairs MCCT, and John Burgess of Swan Paul Architects, wanted to incorporate some design elements of drawings that fitted the brief, chosen to bring further vibrancy to the seafront.

Minehead Town Council has kindly sponsored the images. The design elements have been combined on to two image boards that will feature on the seafront open air gallery.

“The judges all wanted to see some design elements from the children’s designs feature somewhere on the seafront.  The idea to have these displayed on the gallery means we can include the chosen designs,” said Norman Hercock.

Minehead’s prosperity was closely bound up with the sea and for more than 200 years the port was second in local importance only to Bristol. Minehead offers traditional seaside fun, with its promenade, a beautiful bay with sandy beach and a backdrop of Exmoor.

“The children’s designs have really captured the brief and it’s nice to see them feature on the seafront,” said Katrina Midgley.

Enterprising Minehead is a partnership project involving West Somerset Council, MCCT and partners including representatives from the business, voluntary and leisure sectors.

The project aims to make the most of Minehead’s traditional appeal as a seaside resort while making sure it is fit for the 21st century.