COLUMNS of children's creations took over a Carterton school as hundreds of pupils channelled their artistic side to show what the town means to them.

The handiwork of children at all five primary schools in the town was laid out at Carterton Community College on Thursday for a tile display aimed at 'capturing Carterton'.

More than 800 pupils were asked to draw what the town represents to them, with landmarks new and old making an appearance.

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The display was part of a nine-day festival, Carterton Celebrates, and co-organiser Sue James said she was 'delighted' at the range of ideas.

She said: "It took forever to lay them out, but they look fabulous."

Mrs James spearheads the event alongside her daughter Kayleigh Hines, with the festivities drawing to a close tomorrow.

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Since a carnival kicked off proceedings last Saturday, a range of events, workshops and competitions has showcased everything residents have to offer.

Today's events include a car boot sale at the recreation ground run by Carterton Lions and a fundraising family day, in aid of the British Heart Foundation, at Carterton Community Centre.

The festivities will end tomorrow with a bandstand concert at the recreation ground, songs of praise concert at St John's Church and an open mic night at the Grapes and Tomatoes in the evening.