Darlington youngsters create banners to welcome Commonwealth Games

GAMES TRIBUTE: The unveiling of a banner for the Commonwealth Games at Darlington Crown Street Library, from left Kylie Porter, five, Shirley Kirk, three, Ellis Hogg, six and Holly Lawrence, nine. Adults, background from left Vicky Emmerson from the libra

GAMES TRIBUTE: The unveiling of a banner for the Commonwealth Games at Darlington Crown Street Library, from left Kylie Porter, five, Shirley Kirk, three, Ellis Hogg, six and Holly Lawrence, nine. Adults, background from left Vicky Emmerson from the libra

GAMES TRIBUTE: Detail of the Commonwealth Games banner at Darlington Crown Street Library Picture: ANDY LAMB

GAMES TRIBUTE: Detail of the Commonwealth Games banner at Darlington Crown Street Library Picture: ANDY LAMB

First published in News

YOUNGSTERS made sure the spirit of the Commonwealth Games is alive and well in a North-East town by helping to make colourful banners.

The brightly coloured creations made by youngsters and adults in Darlington were unveiled at the town’s Crown Street Library today (Wednesday, July 23) to mark the start of the Commonwealth Games.

Depicted in the artworks are a number of athletes taking part in a range of sports, including badminton, basketball and gymnastics.

They were created at sessions hosted by textile artist, Sarah Oatley, who also runs her business, Drawn Threads, at Lingfield Point, in Darlington.

She said: “It was really lovely to see both old and young come together.

“It has been really nice working in the library. I hope the sessions got people into the library who might not have come in.”

The youngsters also took part in a flag making competition and the winners were presented with medals by the town’s mayor, Councillor Gerald Lee.

Winning the gold medal was Kylie Porter, five, followed by Ellis Hogg, six, with silver, and three-year-old Shirley Kirk won the bronze.

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