Barnsley MP says ‘be proud of town’

A SOUTH Yorkshire MP is inviting young people in his town to tell him what makes them proud of the area for a competition.

Barnsley Central Dan Jarvis, Labour MP has launched the initiative at Carlton Community College.

The competition asks children and young people, aged 11 to 18, to produce a picture, using any medium that shows why they are proud of Barnsley. Judges include artist Ashley Jackson and author Millie Johnson.

To close the competition, there will be a series of exhibitions at prominent venues in Barnsley, including The Cooper Gallery and The Civic.

Two winners will see their work displayed at the MP’s office in Westminster and the winner will be taken to the Commons to unveil their work.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public, with the winner’s entry displayed in the new People’s Museum, when the Town Hall building reopens next spring.

Mr Jarvis said: “What I want to do, in launching this competition, is to engage the younger generation in civic pride and find out what it is about Barnsley they think is worth shouting about.”