Young artists honoured at packed-out ceremony

It was standing room only at St Andrew’s Church as South Ribble’s most talented young artists were honoured.

Each year, South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre invites pupils from the borough’s high schools to showcase their art at a centrepiece exhibition, which is open until the end of March.

There was a special opening of the museum on Tuesday night so pupils’ family and friends could see the fantastic collection of paintings, photography and crafts for themselves.

Guests then walked the short distance to the church for a ceremony in which the 150 students who have contributed to the museum were presented with a certificate in recognition of their excellent effort.

More than 300 people, including the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Linda Woollard, and her consort, husband Alistair attended the ceremony.

Councillor Woollard said: “I was dazzled by the amazing quality of the paintings and by the wide range of styles and subjects the children covered, from portraits to wildlife – and much more besides.

“It was fantastic to see the church packed out for the ceremony and a testament to the talent of these young artists.

“I would definitely encourage people to call in at the museum and take a look at this wonderful artwork.”

Fifteen pupils were highly commended and were presented with certificates.

Agnes Roberts, of All Hallows High School, was awarded Best in Show by Nikki Taylor, Head of Art at Runshaw College, for a stunning painting featuring her friend.

The eight high schools taking part in the exhibition are: Balshaw’s CE, Wellfield, Penwortham Priory Academy, Walton-le-Dale, Leyland St Mary’s Catholic, Penwortham Girls, All Hallows RC and Lostock Hall Academy.

The museum is hosting an origami demonstration at 11am on Saturday 18th March and an Easter embroidery demonstration at 10.30am on Saturday 1st April.

On Saturday 25th March, there will be a showing of the Damp Brothers’ 1964 film of life in Leyland and a presentation showing the construction of the Tesco supermarket.

All events are free and there is no need to book.

The museum is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm, on Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm, and entry is free.