ARTY Dudley schoolchildren are being invited to enter a competition which could see their drawings on the side of a bus and seen by thousands of people around the borough.

National Express West Midlands has launched the contest asking children to submit pictures of their dream school trip.

The drawings could be inspired on real-life places or total imagination.

The winning Dudley entry will then appear on buses in the area to promote the launch of the ‘Class Pass’ which gives a class of 30 children and six adults a full day of travel across the region for just £1.25 each.

With no restrictions on the times they can travel, the new pass can be used on any route across the West Midlands and gives schools a cheaper way of organising trips out.

Peter Coates, Managing Director of National Express West Midlands said: “We want an advert that captures the excitement children feel ahead of a school trip. We are asking children from across the West Midlands to paint a picture of their dream field trip, the more imaginative and colourful the adverts are the better.”

Entries to the competition must be landscape designs on A4 paper and need to be sent to National Express West Midlands’ Art Competition, National Express House, Mill Lane, Birmingham, B5 6DD. The competition will be judged by a group of mayors and each town’s winning entry will get three 'Class Pass' tickets for their school and a family ticket to a local attraction.