Colourful makeover for Peartree Bridge dinosaur

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THE famous Peartree Bridge dinosaur had been given a colourful makeover by a city schoolgirl.

Ten-year-old Jayde Connikie, from Monkston Park, won a Parks Trust competition to re-design the triceratops.

Inter-Action MK ran the contest earlier this year, in partnership with Woughton Parish Council and the Trust ran a competition.

More than 145 colourful ideas were put forward for the dinosaur design competition by children of all ages and people were asked to vote for their favourite. The dinosaur has been painted in striking stripes and spots as illustrated in the winning entry by Jayde.

Inter-Action MK’s Adrian Pinckard said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea to get the old dinosaur re-designed and re-painted regularly and absolutely right that children from the community are involved.

“The dinosaur has become a much loved feature of the landscape. This latest design is fantastic, it’s bright, colourful and very striking. Jayde can be very proud of her design.”

Head of Community Engagement at The Parks Trust, Briony Serginson, said “Running the competition really encourages people to become involved with their artworks. We have many pieces of public art in our parks and hopefully this competition will inspire people to visit more artworks throughout Milton Keynes.”

The Triceratops, which can be viewed from the V8, Marlborough Street, was created by sculptor Bill Billings in 1979.