Last year the Castlebay Community Council and local Police decided to have a poster competition, open to the school pupils of Castlebay and Eoligarry Community Schools, P1 to P7, to create posters which would relate to Environmental matters and Road Safety.
This was in response to a number of issues highlighted during the tourist season, such as vehicles not pulling into passing places, littering, people leaving gates open as well as other topics addressing Drink Driving, animal welfare and the Outdoors Code.
The event was sponsored in association with the Alec Dan Cycle Centre, Kenneth Street, Stornoway.
The response was overwhelming with all entrants submitting excellent posters.
On Tuesday, 31st January, local Constable, Mike Gallie and a representative from the Castlebay Community Council, Mr. Calum McRury attended at Castlebay and Eoligarry Community Schools to award the winners there prizes in front of fellow pupils and teachers.
The winners were selected into two groups, Primary 1 to 3 and 4 to 7 and were
P 1 to P 3
1st Place - Amy Friend, Castlebay Community School,
2nd - Joanna MacNeil, Eoligarry Community School,
3rd - Charlotte O’Carroll, Eoligarry Community School
P 4 - P 7
1st Place - Jake Denehy, Castlebay Community School
2nd - Shona Macleod, Castlebay Community School
3rd - Mathew Wilson, Castlebay Community School
Mr. McRury, who used to work as a school janitor at Castlebay Community School for 14 years, presented the prizes to the competition winners. He stated, “It was a real pleasure to present the prizes for the Road Safety and Environmental poster campaign. They all did very well”.
PC Mike Gallie stated, “This was a great opportunity to continue to work alongside the Castlebay Community Council and the schools. The entrants fully understood what was being asked of them. Judging the winners was not an easy task they were all excellent and I’d wish to pay tribute to the pupils who entered and well done to the winners/runners up. The main prizes were purchased from the Alec Dan Cycle Centre in Stornoway; they consisted of Bike Safety helmets and bike lights. Thank you to Mr Alex Dan and his staff for sponsoring this competition”.