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Photography and sculpture have featured strongly in the entries for the Purfleet art competition which started on 20th April.

The shortlisted entries are now on display in the Thurrock Learning Shop in the old Grays Post Office on George Street and it is time for the public to decide which art work they think captures the true spirit of Purfleet.

The public vote will continue until this Friday 21 May when final judging will take place.  The public vote will make up 40% of the overall score for each art work.

The competition, which has been organised by Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation and sponsored by Veolia ES Cleanaway Mardyke Trust, is designed to celebrate the opening of the Veolia Mardyke Bridge.  The newly installed cycle bridge links Purfleet and the specially designed Sun Arch Sculpture to the neighbouring RSPB Rainham Marshes and visitor centre.

The competition was open to children and adults who live, work or study in Thurrock, from seven years old upwards. 

The winners will be announced at the Purfleet Community Event on 6 June.