Poetry competition for Notts Armed Forces Day
YOUNG Notts writers could see their poems published in a souvenir programme to commemorate Nottingham Armed Forces Day.
On Saturday June, 29, the city will play host to the fifth national Armed Forces Day national event.
Planning is under way for a celebration at Victoria Embankment showcasing the work of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
As part of day Nottingham City Council is inviting primary and secondary school children aged 7-18 to take part in a poetry competition on the theme of "Hats off to our Heroes".
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The winning entry from two groups, primary and secondary, will receive a £50 voucher and have their poem published in the official Armed Forces Day souvenir programme which will be sold in advance and on the day itself.
The winner could also have their poem shown on the big screen at the Victoria Embankment on the day.
Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure culture and tourism, said: "Nottingham has a proud military heritage and is honoured to host this national event.
"We want to say thank you for the huge contribution and sacrifices made by our service personnel past and present.
"There are over 2,000 service personnel and their families in Notts and this competition gives a chance for all our children and young people to get involved."
Entries will be judged by a panel looking for poems which are heart-warming and inspirational and either highlight the strength of support towards local troops and or celebrate the contribution made by forces members.
Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to: Learning, Engagement & Collections Team at Nottingham City Museums & Galleries, c/o Communities Courtyard, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 2AD.
The deadline is Thursday, March 28.
Entrants should include their name, home address, age, school year, phone number and school or college details.