The Northern Ireland Office competition, launched today (Friday 6 May) by Minister of State Conor Burns, will offer schools the chance to design a postcard depicting a snapshot of Northern Ireland. This will then be made into a rug to be sent to Her Majesty The Queen by Northern Ireland’s leading company, Ulster Carpets.
Speaking at Downshire Primary School in Hillsborough as pupils began working on their enrolments, Minister Burns said:
“This competition is a fantastic opportunity for schoolchildren across Northern Ireland to get involved in producing a unique gift for Her Majesty The Queen as she celebrates this special year.
“The Platinum Jubilee Year is a key occasion to recognize Her Majesty The Queen’s incredible dedication and service for 70 years, and I am proud that the young people of Northern Ireland are directly involved in her commemoration.
“I can’t wait to see the creative designs of local pupils and the beautiful rug that will be produced by Ulster Carpets to represent the winning snapshot from Northern Ireland.”
Ulster Carpets Group Managing Director Nick Coburn said:
“We are proud to offer this unique opportunity to mark the Queen’s Jubilee in such a special way.
“We have no doubt that our young people will be able to be creative and produce a design that perfectly encapsulates Northern Ireland. We may even be able to find talented artists who could be our future rug designers.
The competition will be open until Friday 27 May and the winning student will work with Ulster Carpets to develop their design – as well as see it in the production process.
The winning child and their class will then be invited to a special unveiling ceremony in the fall before the carpet is sent to Her Majesty The Queen.