Two talented painting and decorating students from East Durham College are brushing up on their skills, as they get ready to compete in a prestigious national competition.
Linda McDonnell, 18, and Keiron Naylor, 19, both from Seaham, will be taking part in the Johnstone’s Trade 2018 Young Painter of the Year competition as the leading trade paint brand hunts for the UK’s best young painting and decorating talent.
Now in its 14th year, the search is set to be the biggest yet, with more prizes than ever before, including cash and the latest painting and decorating products from top suppliers.
Linda McDonnell said: “I’m really looking forward to it, although I’m naturally pretty nervous.
“I’m sure it will be a great experience and something good to put on my CV and talk about at future job interviews.”
In a twist on previous years, the 2018 Young Painter of the Year competition will crown a total of eight regional winners, as well as eight runners up. Entrants will battle it out at their nearest skills-based regional final, taking place at colleges across the UK throughout April and May.
The North East regional final will take place at Newcastle College on 3rd May 2018.
The winner from each region will receive £200, as well as a fantastic prize bundle of quality decorating tools from a range of leading suppliers, including Toupret, Purdy, 3M, Mirka, Packexe and more.
A runner-up will also be awarded a cash prize of £100, while everyone that enters will receive a selection of Fat Hog sundries.
What’s more, this year’s eight regional winners will also be invited to get involved in Johnstone’s Trade’s many charitable painting and decorating projects across the UK.