The new Whitehill & Bordon bus is going to get a new look, thanks to the children from the town.
On the 13th May 2013, when the bus was being launched, we were also launching a competition with local junior schools (Hollywater School, St Matthews Church of England Primary School, Woodlea Primary School, Bordon Junior School and Weyford Junior School) to get students to come up with designs for the outside of the bus.
The children were asked to come up with ideas for the back, front and sides of the bus and we were inundated; with over 200 entries.
On Friday (12th July) the judging panel, including Rob Allerston from the Phoenix Theatre, Graeme Fraser from AMK (the bus company running the service) and the Mayor, Tony Muldoon settled down to find a winner.
Some of the judges (L-R – Rob Allerston (Phoenix Theatre), Cllr Tony Muldoon (Town Mayor), Greame Fraser (AMK), Cllr Chris Wherrell (Deputy Mayor) and Ann Wherrell)
With so many to go through we did wonder if we would agree on anything but as the judging neared its end it was clear that we were all in agreement.
So, with a unanimous vote, in first place was Patricia Parratt from Bordon Junior School. Her designs on the drivers and boarding side of the bus, which combined both the urban and rural nature of the town, were great and we loved the rabbit design.
In second place Dylan Appleby from Weyford Junior School won over the judges with his slogan ‘Next time you see me hop on’ which combined brilliantly with Patricia’s rabbit design.
Dylan Appleby (2nd prize winner), Kim Hardwick (Town Transport Manager) and Patricia Parratt (1st prize winner).
The judging panel agreed that both Patricia and Dylan’s designs worked so well together that both designs would be included in the final design for the bus. As part of the first prize Patricia will also be invited to see her design being worked up, before it’s launch in the Autumn.
A special mention also went to Madison Cottrell from Woodlea Primary School. Her animal design, which included a rainbow zebra and a blue spotted giraffe really won over the judges with its inventiveness.
To see the top three designs you’ll need to come to the Eco-station, from this Saturday (20th July) as we will be displaying copies of Patricia, Dylan and Madison’s work. We will also be presenting some of the other 200 entries, at the Eco-station, over the course of the summer holidays so pop in to see a selection of the brilliant entries we received.
Once again, a massive congratulations goes to our winners and thanks to all the students who submitted entries. We are really looking forward to seeing the final design in the autumn.