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Budding young artist Lucas wins design competition for Queen’s birthday celebrations

15 February 2016

The winner of a competition to design a logo for the Church of England’s celebrations in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday has been announced. The logo designed by Lucas Salinger, aged 10, from Hertfordshire, was picked from over 1000 entries.

Lucas, who attends a village Church of England primary school in Potten End, near Berkhamsted said: ‘I feel amazed that my design was chosen. I feel lost for words!’

Head teacher Andrew Morris said: ‘I am extremely proud that a member of my school has won the competition, out of so many entries. Lucas is a thoughtful and talented young man who thoroughly deserves recognition for his hard work on the logo. I so am pleased that Lucas has incorporated the cross design that hangs in our church in Potten End.’

The school which has 199 pupils aged 4 to 11 as well as a nursery will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th by studying her life and having a ‘street style party’ to celebrate.

Official celebrations will take place in London between the 10th and 12th June including a thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, a Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade and a street party in The Mall. It is envisaged that church events will be integrated into local community celebrations that take place that weekend.

The birthday celebration weekend offers churches the opportunity to share local stories from the last 90 years through exhibitions and oral histories, securing these memories for future generations. Special prayers have been written and approved by The Queen for services marking her birthday.

The Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry, Chair of the Church Buildings Council, said: ‘It is wonderful that the visual marker that will unite these events has been designed by a young pupil at a Church school. Many churches have already begun making plans. We hope that our web hub on the ChurchCare website will be a source of inspiration and support in the lead up to June.’