Cumbernauld school pupil wins 50th Council road safety calendar competition

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Published at 19:41 on 20 December 2013.
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AN ABRONHILL student has become the latest designer to turn their hand to pencilling the annual road safety calendar, for North Lanarkshire Council.

This year’s calendar is the 50th calendar of its type, and the successes of the calendar were celebrated at a special 50th award ceremony.

Starting back in 1964 the competition has always followed the same basic rules – school pupils discuss the importance of following road safety guidelines, and then design an illustration based upon what they’ve learned, for the calendar.

This year, primary seven student Charlie Law proved to be the top-notch designer.

A primary seven pupil at St Lucy's Primary School in Abronhill, Charlie’s design will feature on the 2014 calendar, with copies rolling off the press and into schools across North Lanarkshire, in addition to a special e-calendar version, for use by all council services and departments.

Charlie joins an elite group of young people, with nearly 400,000 children having submitted designs over the past fifty years, but with only fifty competition winners.

Councillor Stephanie Muir, Vice Convener of North Lanarkshire Council’s Planning and Transportation Committee was present at the awards ceremony. She congratulated Charlie, and hailed the competition as a “fun but effective way to highlight the importance of road safety.

She said: "Over the last 50 years, we believe as many as 400,000 children could have taken part in the calendar competition which is a fun but effective way to highlight the importance of road safety.

"This year 84 schools submitted entries, and the quality of design and ideas was excellent. All the children clearly put a lot of time and creativity into their designs. I would like to thank everyone who took part and congratulate Charlie, Lucy and Rosa on their success."

Young Charlie received his prize from the very first winner of the competition - Iain Love, at an awards ceremony earlier this month.

Iain, who is from Bishopbriggs, was just a 17-year-old pupil at Airdrie Academy in 1964, when he submitted his entry, and to mark the anniversary of the competition, council officials wanted to have Iain return, and present the special anniversary award.

After appealing for Iain to come forward council officials soon found out that Iain developed his early artistic talents, following his calendar success by going on to Art College and becoming a graphic designer; now running his own company, LOVEDesign.

Iain presented Charlie with his award, with runner-up prizes also presented to Lucy Reid and Rosa Iglesias-Rome, both in primary one at St. Lucy's Primary School.

Judging for the competition carried out by a panel of experts, including representatives from Road Safety Scotland, North Lanarkshire Council's Learning and Leisure Services, Graphic Design Section and the Road Safety Team.

David McDove, Assistant Business Manager, for Roads Strategy and Safety at the council, said the competition was an “important road safety education initiative.

He said: "The calendar competition has always been regarded as an important road safety education initiative. Through participating in the competition the children have to think about their most important road safety concern and thereafter develop a drawing and a slogan that would get that road safety message across to others.

"Discussing road safety concerns and potential solutions in class helps the children to be more aware when out and about near roads. I am always impressed by how creative and intuitive the children can be when producing their road safety calendar designs."

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