More than 50 local children have helped to create an art gallery on the walls of roadside café Billy’s on the Road near Billingshurst.
As part of Horsham Year of Culture 2019, youngsters were invited to enter a competition to draw, colour or paint their favourite foods.
Café owner Billy Willison and Year of Culture coordinator Lisa Brace had the difficult task recently of choosing the winners.
“We were amazed at the number of entries and there was lots of scratching of heads before we were able to choose a winner,” said Billy. “All of the entries have been put up on our walls and the gallery is a celebration of young artistic talent which is exactly what the Horsham Year of Culture is all about. Well done to all of those who entered.”
Winner of the under-eight category was six-year-old Patrick Barry from Slinfold School with his vibrant felt tip creation of the exterior of the café. Mum Jody said: “My son loves it here and we often come after school with his friends or for breakfast at the weekend. The other day Patrick said to me `we are lucky to live where we do – because we are so close to Billy’s!”
Winner of the over-eights was 10-year-old Eleanor Mott of Farlington School with her mouth-watering picture of waffles, pancakes and cooked breakfast. Mum Laura said: “Eleanor was absolutely delighted as this is the first time, she has won a prize for her artwork.”
Both children had their artwork professionally framed and each received a family meal for four at Billy’s.
The artwork, including the framed winners’ pictures, will remain on the wall of Billy’s on the Road for the enjoyment of all its customers. www.billysontheroad.co.uk
Photo: Café owner Billy Willison with the winners of the children’s colouring competition, Patrick Barry and Eleanor Mott.