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Children urged to take part in special Forties Festival writing competition

Children urged to take part in special Forties Festival writing competition

A special competition has been arranged for this year’s Colwyn Bay Forties Festival.

Children have been set a task by the Festival Committee and Rydal Penrhos School of writing a story set during the Second World War, and the competition is open to both Primary School and Year 7-9 pupils.

Story ideas children may want to look at include; evacuees in Colwyn Bay, air raids, watching aeroplanes take off/return from fighting, letters from war, surviving on rations, an undercover mission, VE Day or the D-Day landings.

The stories, which should be between 250-500 words, will be judged in two categories by Rydal Penrhos staff members including Headmaster Simon Smith, and the deadline for entries is Saturday, May 13.

Winning entries will be chosen and they will receive a special prize during the weekend’s festivities.

The event, which has fast become one of the most prominent dates on the region’s calendar, will take place on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday 21.

Among the exciting things confirmed so far include an appearance by the Llandudno Tram, 1940’s memorabilia displays courtesy of Home Front, while there will also be performances from the Llandudno Swing Band, Paul Casper as George Formby and Glamourphones.

The popular Blitz Ball will return once again for those wishing to dance the night away for 40’s themed music, while Sunday’s Battle of Parc Eirias is the highlight of the festivities.

Susan Hogan, Director of Communications at Rydal Penrhos, said: “This competition has been set-up so that children can explore their creative side while also finding out more about what life was like during the War.

“We hope that as many schools and children across the region get involved and we are looking forward to reading the entries.”

Entries can be sent via email to SHogan@rydalpenrhos.com or by post to Susan Hogan, Rydal Penrhos School, Pwllycrochan Ave, Conwy LL29 7BT.


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