Young artists are to have their ‘spooktacular’ Halloween posters displayed to their local community after a school-wide safety competition.
Pupils at Oakway Academy in Oakway, Wellingborough, took part in a challenge set by the Arson Task Force to design a poster to help people stay safe and have fun.
On Wednesday 18 October, members of the task force were joined by Area Manager Mark Ainge, of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, to announce the winners in a special assembly.
First prize went to Katrina Komarora, whose catchy poster with the slogan ‘Be a ghoul, not a fool’ caught the eye of the judges. This has now been professionally reproduced and will be displayed around the Hemmingwell estate in the run up to Halloween.
The runners up were Samantha Murray-Hill and a joint entry from Jessica Love and Morgan Walls. Each will receive a gift voucher.
Artistic talent on show
All the posters submitted for the competition will be displayed at the Hemmingwell Community and Skills Centre, in Nest Farm Crescent.
Shaun Johnson, of the Arson Task Force, said: “All the posters were fantastic and we could see that lots of effort had gone into them.
“We launched the competition with a talk to pupils about fire safety around Halloween and Bonfire Night and it was great to see safety messages brought to life in the pupils’ poster designs.”
The competition is part of 'Operation Restore', an ongoing project to tackle issues including arson and anti-social behaviour on the Hemmingwell estate.
A second round of door-to-door visits to deliver fire safety advice, offer home fire safety checks, and promote Crimestoppers as an anonymous reporting channel began yesterday (Monday 23 October).
Other seasonal work includes a half-term pumpkin competition as part of a half-term activity club at the Hemmingwell Community and Skills Centre, with the winner chosen on Friday by Mr Johnson.