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28 October 2014 – Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Brian Jones, has congratulated the winners of the town annual ‘photographic and all things arty’ competition at a special event.

More than 160 entries were received under the five categories of Sport, Recreation and Leisure Time; Education, Skills and Employment; the New and Modern Ellesmere Port; Business and Employment and The Future of Ellesmere Port.

Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Brian Jones, said: “We received so many exciting entries – really highlighting the many fantastic viewpoints the town has to offer through the eyes of the people who live and visit here.

“The competition is fantastic and a true accolade to the town. Special merit must go to members of the Wirral Autistic Society and their clay canal barges.

“This work is now all on display at the Paperboat Gallery and I hope local residents take the opportunity to come and enjoy the local talent that we have here in Ellesmere Port.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council launched the photographic and all things arty competition to celebrate all that’s great in the town through the eyes of the people who live and visit here and images, paintings, drawings, 3-D work, sculpture, performance and installations were all be submitted.

Winners of the five categories received a £100 cash prize to spend in Whitby Road’s Paperboat Gallery.

Winners and runners up:

Sport, Recreation and Leisure Time

Winner – Andrew Doyle

Runner Up – Stefan Green

Education, Skills and Employment

Winner – Neil Creswell

Runner Up – David Chennell

The New and Modern Ellesmere Port

Winner – Andrew Doyle

Runner up – Simon Horsefield

Business and Employment

Winner – Miles Farley

Runner up – Simon Horsefield

The Future of Ellesmere Port

Winner – Katherine Lucy Robinson

Runner up – Ross Goldstein

All of the 160 – plus works are available to see at the Paperboat Gallery until Saturday 1 November, after which they will be displayed at the Port Arcades.

Managing Director Paperboat Gallery, Sonja Moss-Dolega, said: “What is a thriving town made of? Is it substantial new buildings and pretty sites? Good jobs, history, culture or attractive leisure facilities and events? What role is modern education playing in this riddle?

“The answer is obvious – a good mix of everything would impact positively on the community and its pride in the Port. Things simply can’t grow just overnight but inspired artistic eyes behind a fantastic range of entries have brought to light the changes Ellesmere Port is undergoing. There is reason for optimism!”