Beating the bullies

WESTON MP John Penrose took to the streets to help spread the anti-bullying message. Mr Penrose joined delegates from the I Power I national anti-bullying conference, Actionwork and other youngsters for a parade through Weston town centre with a giant pet

WESTON MP John Penrose took to the streets to help spread the anti-bullying message.Mr Penrose joined delegates from the I Power I national anti-bullying conference, Actionwork and other youngsters for a parade through Weston town centre with a giant petition in full view.The campaigners met outside the Town Hall, walked down the High Street and arrived outside the Grand Pier, where they climbed aboard a miniature train. They were then whizzed to the end of pier with the petition flying above their heads.Zak Chowdry, aged 17, the I Power I young management group director, presented the anti-bullying petition to 10 Downing Street last Monday.*A budding young musician from Weston picked up a £250 first prize in a national competition aimed at combating bullying.Karl Griffiths, aged 13, of Summerlands Road, performed his winning entry, Picked On, in a final held at Barcode Youth Cafe in South Parade.The song writing competition, on the theme of bullying, was part of a two-day anti-bullying conference held in the town which attracted over 750 delegates. Karl, a pupil at Westhaven School in Uphill, submitted his entry to North Somerset Council, which arranged for the song to be recorded at Worle Community School.Shortly afterwards the 13-year-old found out he was a finalist. After his victory at Barcode the talented youngster performed his song at the I Power I anti-bullying conference.Picked On is the first song that Karl, who has only been playing guitar since January, has written. Karl's mum, Sally, said: "I'm very proud of him. What makes it even better is Karl was completely unaware of the £250 prize money. He just wanted to write a song on the issue of bullying."Chantelle Williams, a year nine pupil at Broadoak, won the North Somerset slogan competition with 'A cut heals bullying scars'. Her slogan will appear on anti-bullying posters all over North Somerset. A contest to design a poster for the event was won by Jacqueline McDonald, a pupil at Wyvern Community School, and three pupils from St Martin's Junior School in Worle - George Cullard, Dani Stone and Louise Doe.

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