Promotional bags will be given to the winners of a unique competition in Barrow.

The 25th anniversary of the town’s Devonshire Dock Hall, a great symbol of its shipbuilding heritage, will be celebrated with a competition aimed at youngsters.

The hall, which was opened by Margaret Thatcher in 1986, is the second largest indoor shipbuilding construction complex of its kind in Europe, at 51 metres high, 260 metres long and 58 metres wide.

Now, 25 years after the official unveiling, youngsters are being encouraged to create their own birthday card for the hall.

The North West Evening Mail reports that there will be three age groups for the competition: five to seven, eight to ten-year-olds and 11 to 13 year-olds.

Winning designs will be projected onto the sides of buildings near Barrow’s town hall and promotional bags will be distributed to each winner – a great example of how promotional items can really spice up competitions.

Recently, promotional gifts were used to encourage children in an Oxfordshire town to wear safety equipment when out and about on their bikes.

Youngsters in Thame who are spotted wearing cycle helmets over the coming months will receive promotional bags as a reward for their attentiveness to safety.

Help mark Barrow shipbuilding landmark’s 25th birthday“. North West Evening Mail. Tuesday August 9th 2011.

Posted by Carl Blackshaw