Kids competition to design Keep Weston Tidy posters launched

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 June 2018

Pupils at St Anne's Primary School have been encouraging others to ditch plastics.

Pupils at St Anne's Primary School have been encouraging others to ditch plastics.

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A poster competition aimed at keeping Weston-super-Mare free of plastic pollution is being launched today (Thursday) - and your child could win book vouchers for themselves and their school.

The Cleaner Coastlines campaign.The Cleaner Coastlines campaign.

The Mercury is working with Weston Chamber of Commerce on the Cleaner Coastlines campaign to achieve plastic-free coastline status for Weston, and the competition is designed to get young people involved.

It is open to anyone under the age of 18, and the aim is to design a poster to be displayed in businesses to encourage people to keep Weston tidy.

The key messages will involve not dropping single-use plastics which litter our beach and oceans and can harm wildlife.

Daly Podiatry, in Orchard Street, is awarding £250 worth of book vouchers to the winning children and their schools.

Uphill Primary School SAS Ocean Guardians at their inaugural beach clean along Uphill beach.Uphill Primary School SAS Ocean Guardians at their inaugural beach clean along Uphill beach.

Chris Meyer, from Daly Podiatry, said: “Claire and I are keen to support the Cleaner Coastlines campaign, by whatever means possible. We have been able to make small changes to the way we run our clinic in order to eliminate single-use plastics from our business and also at home.

“We hope, as a local business which has been served so well by local residents, we can offer an opportunity for young people to engage with this fabulous campaign and help spread a strong message Weston can celebrate a plastic-free status in the near future.

“To play a part in that, however small, fills us with pride our town is at the forefront of this movement. We look forward to seeing some of the great entries and best of luck to all those that take part.”

Poster entries can be submitted in under-nine, under-12 and under-18 categories.

A Cleaner Coastlines Weston beach clean.A Cleaner Coastlines Weston beach clean.

Chamber of commerce president Sue Shillabeer said: “The initial support from Weston businesses for our plastic-free campaign has been phenomenal.

“We want more to join us in our desire to reduce and one day eliminate single-use plastic.

“It is vital this generation does everything it can to ensure the planet is fit for the future. That is why we want children to design this poster. They are the reason we are committed to tackling single-use plastic in Weston.”

Entries should include the child’s name, age, school and contact details, and be sent to Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW. The closing date is 10am on July 13.

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