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Council announces scorching new art competition as grand opening of the new Marina Centre draws nearer

With just under a year to go until the new Marina Centre is unveiled, Great Yarmouth Borough Council has launched a new art competition for children and young people of all ages and abilities.

Over the next three months, participants are invited to submit their very own version of the Olympic torch, either as an individual or group entry. A first name and age is all the information needed to be added to each entry.

The winning design would have their design sent to a fabricator, who will turn it into a torch. The torch will then travel around the borough in a relay race and attend activity days, sports day, fetes, and other exciting opportunities from mid-April 2022. The winner of the competition would be given the opportunity to be able to "pass the torch" over to our special guest who will be officially opening the new Marina Centre.

Cllr Carl Smith, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: "After the success of our #GYTogether campaign at the start of lockdown, and the steel signing competition we did earlier this year, we knew the children of the borough loved to submit their artwork in the competitions we run.

"This competition gives the younger generation a chance to gain a real sense of ownership of the exciting new Marina Centre, which will be a destination attraction benefiting the seafront and entire borough for up to 40 years."

The project is funded by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, plus £2.5m secured from the Government's Getting Building Fund, via New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, £1.6m from Sport England, and £500,000 from Pooled Business Rates.

Entries should be emailed to: with the artist's first name and age. 

To read more about what's in the new centre and take a virtual tour of the new Marina Centre, visit:

Last modified on 07 December 2023

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