PUPILS from three local primary schools have been hard at work creating guys in preparation for the Bonfire on the Beach night in Criccieth this Friday.

Ysgol Treferthyr, Ysgol Llanystumdwy and Ysgol Borth-y-Gest have each created a guy in a bid to raise money for their chosen charity.

Before the three guys meet their fate on the bonfire, they will be on display at Dylan’s Restaurant in Criccieth where local people are invited to vote for their favourite by donating a penny – or a pound – for the guy.

The winner will be announced on 3 November and will receive art vouchers for the school, donated by Dylan’s. All the money collected will be given back to the schools to present to the charity selected by them.

The schools’ competition was held for the first time last year ahead of the inaugural Bonfire on the Beach event in Criccieth.

It proved very popular with the children who got involved as well as Dylan’s customers who enjoyed meeting and voting for the Guys.

Headteacher Cathryn Davey, from participating school Ysgol Llanystumdwy, said: “The children have absolutely loved taking part in this project once again and have enjoyed being part of the preparations for this popular community event.

“Our pupils have chosen Water Aid as the school’s charity this year, and we hope that local people will get behind us – and the other two primary schools – to raise money for good causes.

“To win would of course be a big bonus!”

Rhianne Hughes, general manager of Dylan’s Criccieth, who are organising Bonfire on the Beach, said: “All three guys are very impressive and it’s clear that the challenge has inspired the children to get creative – which is not so easy the second time around!

“In a way, it will be a shame to see them thrown on the bonfire, so it’s nice to give people an opportunity to come and admire the creations at the restaurant – and of course to vote for their favourite.”

She added: “Despite really bad weather last year, thousands turned out to enjoy the Bonfire on the Beach event. We hope that the community comes out in force once again to enjoy this special evening with us. As well as a huge bonfire, there will be a fireworks display, live music, hot food and drinks and children activities – including facepainting, craft making, cookie decorating, colouring in and apple bobbing.”

The event is free, with voluntary donations kindly requested towards the cost of hosting the annual bonfire night.