Ryburn School pupils help light up Blackpool Illuminations on National Poetry Day

Blackpool Illuminations
Blackpool Illuminations

Two students from Ryburn Valley High School joined some famous voices in helping to light up Blackpool Illuminations on National Poetry Day.

A poem by Bradley Justice and Thomas Threlfall, year 9 students at Ryburn, was selected from a large number of creative public responses by leading graphic artist Anthony Burrill for Blackpool Illuminations.

Contributions had come from across the country, after a campaign featuring Professor Stephen Hawking, Sean Bean, Samantha Morton, Juliet Stevenson, Neil Nunes and poet Aoife Mannix, and Burrill has chosen three very different interpretations.

Bradley and Thomas co-wrote the poem ‘Firefly’. An extract ‘my bottom is bright because it’s a light’ was used by Burrill to create the unique illumination.

The boys’ class has been writing poetry about light, inspired by the National Poetry Day theme.