ALL aboard the carousel!

A festive community project has seen nine schools design and make unique carousel horses.

As part of Fenwick Colchester’s Christmas celebrations, each school has created a horse which will ride into town and take residence in the store.

The schools were given free rein over how to finish off the horse sculptures in time to be showcased inside Fenwick Colchester, which is sponsoring the Christmas community project.

Pupils have gone the extra mile to ensure it is memorable.

Stoke-by-Nayland Primary School christened its horse The Spirit of Nayland and let the children apply decoupage to their sculpture in the school’s colours of blue and white.

The nine beautiful horse sculptures have been provided for free by Fenwick Colchester.

Once revealed, the carousel horses will be displayed in-store for four weeks in the lead up to Christmas.

After the festive period, the horses will be sold for about £250 each with any proceeds going to St Helena Hospice, while participating schools will have first refusal to buy the horses back.

Carl Milton, managing director of Fenwick Colchester, said: “Ever since we launched this wonderful community project I have been looking forward to seeing the children’s creativity come to life.

“We’ve wanted to run a community project for a long time and so I’m really excited to see the works of art that the schools have created.”

Parents said the project has had the children wrapped up and they were so excited to see the finished horses.

Teachers said the young artists have thoroughly enjoyed designing and painting the horses as part of a special Christmas project.