The Lancashire Evening Post, Monday, 18th December 2006
Little stars light up in twinkly square
Pupils from two Preston schools have made it the season to be jolly in one corner of the city. The youngsters from Frenchwood Community Primary School and St Stephens CE School helped turn Prestons Winckley Square into a Christmas wonderland with a spectacular concert and art project. Carol Service in Winckley Square
Trees in the picturesque square featured a festive 3D sculpture carefully crafted by children at the schools.

And the public were dazzled as the youngsters belted out popular Christmas carols during a two-hour concert.

The pupils have worked with local artist Jane Blackburn and Avenham and Miller parks manager Harvey Thorpe over the past two weeks to build and decorate the 3D sculptures.

The giant decorations, which will remain in place until January 5, were made using wooden frames covered with decorated waterproof paper. They include the three wise men, a giant snowman and a Christmas pudding.

The concert also included entertainment from St Stephens School Choir and Brass Group, supported by the Lazy River Jazz Band.

Mrs Blackburn said: "We've had an amazing time making these sculptures.

"I love involving local groups in public art as it connects people to their environment and helps them look at things in new ways."

The project was funded by Preston Council, the Green Partnership Award Art Fund and the Friends of Avenham and Miller Parks.

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