Arty kids take honours

Children who entered the County Council's Safer Northumberland Partnership Urban Art competition to produce a poster, which will be used as the backdrop to the RESPECT programme across Northumberland.'Winning poster by Harvey ? James finding out name
Children who entered the County Council's Safer Northumberland Partnership Urban Art competition to produce a poster, which will be used as the backdrop to the RESPECT programme across Northumberland.'Winning poster by Harvey ? James finding out name

CREATIVE pupils from Amble and Alnwick beat students from across the county to take top prizes in an urban art competition and have their winning work transformed into a public display.

Eight-year-old Harvey Stewart, from Amble First School (Edwin Street), as well as Megan Hallows, 12, and Leah Pickard, 13, both of the Duke’s Middle School in Alnwick, were victorious in the contest – which encouraged youngsters to submit original posters based around the theme of respect.

Back row left to right: Andy Rutherford, Victoria Barrington and Steve Somerfield, Northumberland County Council. Front row left to right: Winners Leah Pickard, Megan Hallows and Harvey Stewart.

Back row left to right: Andy Rutherford, Victoria Barrington and Steve Somerfield, Northumberland County Council. Front row left to right: Winners Leah Pickard, Megan Hallows and Harvey Stewart.

The talented trio, who each won an iPod shuffle, will now see their designs reproduced on large canvasses and exhibited in Northumberland County Council’s public protection building in Morpeth.

The competition was set-up and run by the authority, in conjunction with the Safer Northumberland Partnership.

Respect is an on-going joint initiative to promote citizenship and respect for others among school-aged pupils, and youngsters from around the county, between eight and 13 years of age, sent in their designs for the creative challenge.

Students battled it out in a number of categories and finalists had their artwork judged earlier this month at an event in the public protection building where their creations were compiled into a short film and projected onto the walls.

Children who entered the County Council's Safer Northumberland Partnership Urban Art competition to produce a poster, which will be used as the backdrop to the RESPECT programme across Northumberland.

Children who entered the County Council's Safer Northumberland Partnership Urban Art competition to produce a poster, which will be used as the backdrop to the RESPECT programme across Northumberland.

Harvey, Megan and Leah came out on top, but all those who reached the final will have their designs used as the backdrop to the Respect programme which will be delivered in schools across Northumberland.

Victoria Barrington, head of public protection, Andy Rutherford, head of highways and neighbourhood services, and Steve Somerfield, head of information services at the county council, judged the competition and were impressed with the quality of work which was submitted.

The prizes were donated by SCC (Specialist Computer Centres) working in partnership with the county council.