A schoolboy from Liverpool has pulled off a masterstroke by winning a national landmark drawing competition hosted by one of the biggest names in transport.
Nine-year-old Ethan Senior has seen his drawing of the Liver Bird turned into a show-stopping one-off livery on the side of a National Express coach after he was selected as a ‘Colour the Coach’ competition winner.
As part of the competition children aged 5-15 were asked to draw their favourite local landmark and professional artist Mark Wigan selected Ethan’s entry as the best in the North of England.
In honour of his achievement, Ethan, a student at Blessed Sacrament Primary School in Liverpool, saw his design unveiled in front of his mum Nicola and his teachers at Liverpool One Bus Station.
Ethan, who lives with his family in Warbreck Moor, Aintree, was overjoyed after hearing he had won and when he saw the design on the coach for the first time he thought it looked great.
He said: “I can’t believe I won and I love seeing my picture on the side of the coach, my mum is really proud of me.”
Artist Mark said he was delighted with the amount of talent shown by the young entrants, but she said that Ethan’s picture was his favourite.
He said: “With so many brilliant designs to judge it was a really tough choice but Ethan’s Liverbird was both a classic icon of the city and well drawn with good proportions and a nice splash of colour.”
National Express UK Coach, Managing Director, Tom Stables said: “We’ve had a brilliant array of entries from Liverpool Ethan’s Liver Bird design is excellent.
“It’s delighting great to see how children can use their skills recreate the UK’s memorable and iconic landmarks in amazing pieces of artwork.”
National Express operates 45 daily services from Liverpool to destinations all over the country including Manchester, Leeds and London.