Local businessman creates custom Christmas window with drawings made by local children

Local businessman Miles Thursby created a custom Christmas window by holding an art competition where children from local schools got to draw what they thought Santa’s house looked like.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 1:12 pm
Miles Thursby with the many Christians Scenes designed by pupils from Marsden Primary and Whitburn Village school's, that are on display in the window of Miles Thursby sales and Letting Whitburn. Picture by FRANK REID

Miles Thursby of Miles Thursby Sales & Lettings based in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, decided for Christmas this year to get local children involved in an art competition, he said: “I just wanted to do something for the whole village.

“This is a really quite time of year for selling houses, so I wanted to get the children involved in a fun competition where they could draw Santa’s house.”

Miles handed out entry forms in early November so that children would have plenty time to enter the competition. He received more than 500 submissions.

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Miles Thursby with the many Christians Scenes designed by pupils from Marsden Primary and Whitburn Village school's, that are on display in the window of Miles Thursby sales and Letting Whitburn. Picture by FRANK REID

Taking them all back to his Sales and Lettings shop, he picked the top 30 and displayed them in the window.

Residents and visitors to Whitburn Village could then view and vote for their favourite. The shop has also been visted by the children’s family and friends.

Miles added: “The response has been really good, and I’m right on the bus stop, so even when I’m not there people are always having a look and voting.”

Winner of the competition was Lucy from Marsden Primary school, who received a dolls house and craft set hamper.

Lucy from Marsden Primary school. Picture: Miles Thursby

Second place winner was Faith from Whitburn Village Primary school who also received a craft set hamper.

Miles said: “I will definitely do it again next year and I would like to add more schools.”

Faith from Whitburn village Primary school. Picture: Miles Thursby