Pupils are stars of Asda supermarket art competition
THREE young shoppers have been praised for their inspired artwork which could go on show as part of supermarket improvements.
Primary school pupils in Tunstall were asked to come up with ideas for architects to use in their plans for a new entrance into the town's Asda.
The supermarket is hoping to create a second access to its store which will see shoppers enter and exit the shop's car park from Williamson Street and link on to Woodland Street.
The development will also create room for more parking spaces and try to reduce tailbacks at the current roundabout into the store.
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Mill Hill Primary School pupil Aliyah Bibi, aged nine was chosen as the winner. Her design was inspired by supermarket barcodes.
She said: "Green is my favourite colour and it is the Asda colour so I picked it for the barcode along with yellow and blue.
"It took me ages to think of an idea and then I thought about using something from the supermarket so I got my brother to get the orange barley juice and I copied the barcode from it.
"I've been in Asda lots of times. I like to buy hot chocolate, squirty cream, games and folders."
Aliyah's barcode design will hopefully feature in an art installation at the corner of Williamson Street and Scotia Road. She beat more than 150 entries from other Tunstall schoolchildren aged between seven and 11. Her prize includes a craft pack, free snacks, fruit and games from Asda for all the children at her school sports day in June and a meeting with an architect to discuss her design.
Two other pupils from Mill Hill Primary, Mahmut Kocer, aged 10, and Kaitlyn Webb, aged eight, came second and third respectively.
Mahmut's artwork was inspired by Spitfires, while Kaitlyn designed a colourful height barrier.
Bev Capon, Asda community life champion, said: "We want the community to be as involved as possible in this scheme and it will be great for Aliyah and her family and friends to see her work in place one day as part of this new gateway scheme.
"There is a lot of congestion near the store and with all the developments in Tunstall at the moment plans to have an additional entrance and exit for Asda are being drawn up."
The supermarket submitted plans for a new entrance in 2009 but the scheme was rejected.
This second attempt is still in the early stages and plans have not yet been submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.