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Westbury Infants’ artwork on display at town festival

Westbury Infant School pupils with the banner

Westbury Infant School pupils with the banner

PUPILS at Westbury Infant School showed off their handiwork at the recent opening of the Westbury Music &Arts Festival, where their World War One commemorative banner was hung on display.

The banner was created by students from reception and years one and two, to be used as a backdrop for the play ‘All Quiet on the Westbury Front’, which will be performed at All Saints Church on Saturday October 11th.

The school’s creative development co-ordinator Linda White said, “We were approached and asked to do a banner as a backdrop for the play, because the committee  loved the work that was done for the Queen’s Jubilee.

“We took on the challenge and through discussion with children and our  teaching assistant and in-house artist, Tracy Rylands, we came up with the idea of the poppies.

“The children used screen printing and fabric painting to create the poppies, then came up with different thoughts about the war and how the soldiers and families felt, which they wrote on the banner along with all the names of the fallen soldiers from Westbury.

“It has been a brilliant project and has enabled the children to think about what was sacrificed for them to be free, even though it was a long time ago.”

The banner was hung at the Music & Arts Festival’s opening concert on Friday 26th September, and will be used as a backdrop for ‘All Quiet on the Westbury Front’ on Saturday 11th October. Find out what else the festival has to offer at www.wmafestival.co.uk.