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Local MP presents prizes to Litter Angels winners

1st November 2010
Local MP presents prizes to Litter Angels winners

Nearly 100 people packed the Avenue Theatre last Friday (October 22nd) for a “squash and biscuit” reception before local MP, Gordon Henderson, joined the Mayor of Swale, Cllr Steve Worrall, to present local school children and their schools with prizes in this year’s “Litter Angels” competition.

”Litter Angels” is an anti-litter awareness campaign, which was started three years ago by Gordon Henderson to encourage young people to think about littering and its effect on the local environment by using art as a creative and educational tool. This year the children were asked to design anti-litter posters and sculptures, such as wild flowers, out of discarded rubbish.

The Mayor presented prizes to children from seven local primary schools and groups that took part in the competition. These were Bapchild and Tonge, Murston, Diversity House, St Edwards, St Peters, Eastchurch and Minterne.

The overall winning poster was designed by Kacey Unsworth, who attends Bapchild and Tonge Church of England Primary School. Kacey and her school each received a cheque for £25, which was presented by Matthew Hogben, Business Manager from Sittingbourne McDonald’s, who sponsored this year’s competition and will be displaying the winning poster in all their local restaurants.

Murston Junior School won the prize for best sculpture design in their wildlife garden and Alfie Swetman-Savage from Bapchild and Tonge won a special award for the under-7 category, which was donated by the Polka Dot Art Gallery, who were co-sponsors of “Litter Angels”.

This year’s competition was organised by well known local artist, Sioux Peto, who said:

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