YOUNGSTERS in Stafford could see their art work paraded in front of a global audience as part of a poster competition to mark the Olympic torch visiting the borough.
Children are being asked to create an original piece of art- work to welcome the flame when it passes through Gnos- all, Haughton and Stafford on May 30.
A selection of the posters will be put on display along the Olympic route. Thousands of people are expected to line the streets, with the journey beamed to a global audience by television cameras.
Schools have already been sent a poster template for the competition with the deadline for entries to be returned on Friday, April 20.
Some 20 lucky winners will also have a part to play on the torch relay day.
The competition is open to schoolchildren in the borough aged between four and 12- years-old with everyone tak- ing part getting a special Cele- brate 2012 certificate.
Ideas for the poster include welcoming flags, artistic flames, unique torch designs or sporting events and crowds.
Entrants can use paint, crayons, pencils, chalks or pens to create their posters.
Councillor Mike Smith, cab- inet member for leisure at Stafford Borough Council, said it was a great opportunity for youngsters to play their part in welcoming the flame to the area.
“It will be great to see a sea of colour from the creations of local schoolchildren lining part of the route of our Olympic torch and demon- strating the artistic talents of our youngsters to a huge audi- ence,” he said.
The flame is expected to arrive in Gnosall at around 4.50pm on May 30.
An easy-to-read map of the borough route can be seen at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/2012 with street by street details and timings, at www.london 2012.com/olympictorchrelay.
There are also profiles of some of the torchbearers from the borough and pointers in organising parties to celebrate the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee.
For more information see www.staffordbc.gov.uk/2012.