Photo: Councillors Pat Keith and Sue McGuire with Competition Finalists

Southport primary school children have created some imaginative messages aimed at keeping Southport clean and tidy…and they will be coming to a bin or refuse lorry near you!

A ground breaking scheme organised by Rubbish Friends in association with Sefton Council and Southport MP John Pugh, was launched when the winner and runners up in a schools competition to find the best anti-litter slogans saw the results of their entries go public.

Council officials, councillors, teachers and the competition finalists gathered at St. Patrick’s Primary School when one of their pupils 10 year old Grace Wareing saw her winning entry emblazoned on the town’s bins and on the refuse lorry.

Grace’s entry, under the banner Rubbish Friends, states: “Bag it, bin it, and make Sefton cleaner. It’s simple.”

Runners up Abigail Finn (Marshside Primary) Travis Bennett (Kings Meadow) and Class 8 (Merefield School) Also attended and their entries will feature alongside Grace’s on the bin lorry.

Councillor Pat Keith, joint founder of Rubbish Friends with her Cambridge Ward colleague Sue McGuire, presented the awards and said: “The response from Southport schools was magnificent and I’m delighted that children have the opportunity to lead the way. “Young people have a great ability to communicate in a simple way yet deliver a powerful message as the winning entries demonstrate. It’s not only a great boost for our campaign but it should also encourage people to consider their own environment and respect their surroundings.

Councillor McGuire said: “Getting the children involved in Rubbish Friends is an investment in Southport’s future and it means that the initiative we started now has support across all age ranges.”

This competition is believed to be one of the first in the UK and the town’s MP John Pugh said:

“Children are concerned about the environment and this competition has enabled them to use their voice and deliver an anti-litter message loud and clear. I hope that those who throw litter will heed the children and make Southport a litter free zone.”


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