A PRESENTATION is being held later this week for youngsters in Hartlepool who have won prizes for their art.

Students from schools across the town took part in the town's heat of the annual Northumbria In Bloom children's calendar painting competition.

The presentation will take place in the town hall theatre on Friday, where the winners will receive gift vouchers presented by Councillor John Lauderdale, Hartlepool Borough Council's cabinet member for town management.

He said: "I never cease to be amazed and delighted by the flair, pride and hard work which our young people put into their paintings.

"The quality of entries is always excellent, and this year is no exception.

"The paintings are a real feast for the eye and a credit to the students, their schools and the town as a whole."

The first prize winners in each category will represent Hartlepool in the regional finals of the competition in Newcastle later this year.

The national winners will have their work featured in a Northumbria in Bloom calendar.