AN eye-catching piece of art by Bolton pupils for the Tour of Britain is in line for a national award.

Fifty pupils from Walmsley Church of England Primary School helped to create the display in Egerton Park, on Blackburn Road, as part of the Tour of Britain’s National Land Art Competition. Now the artwork has been shortlisted for the national prize.

The project was organised by Councillor Samantha Connor, vice-chair of the Egerton Park Improvement Committee (EPIC), and Miriam Shamir, a senior Play and Youth Worker for the council.

They sourced crates, parachutes, chairs and tables, which the children used to assemble the display on the day of the race.

The aim was to produce a design that could be seen from the air, where a helicopter was filming the Tour of Britain as it passed through Egerton on Saturday 14 September.

Cllr Connor added: “People said that it would never work. It looked like a jumbled mess on the ground, but from the air it looked great.”

“It was a fantastic team effort. Miriam was so full of positivity and EPIC helped out a lot.”

She also praised the support of her fellow ward councillors, Council Leader David Greenhalgh and Councillor Nadim Muslim.

Debra Carr, head teacher at Walmsley C of E school, said: “It is important to us that our children are happy and healthy and using the park promotes both.

“They really enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the community through the art project.”

Anyone can vote online at before 31 October.