Three pupils from the East Kilbride district are among the winners of this year’s South Lanarkshire Council Road Safety Calendar Competition.
Jennifer Meldrum, a pupil at Kirklandpark Primary School in Strathaven, came top in the primary seven competition where the theme was ‘Active travel’.
Zoe Barbour, a pupil at Sandford Primary, was third in the competition for primary one and two pupils on the theme ‘Stop, look, listen’.
And Holly Moffat, a Duncanrig Secondary School pupil, was third in the secondary school section on the theme ‘Learning to drive’.
The overall winner of the competition was Olivia Thomson, a P6 pupil at Woodside Primary School in Hamilton, who received £100, an individual trophy and will have her painting used as the illustration for the 2013 Road Safety Calendar. Her school will keep the trophy for a year.
The winners of each group in this year’s competition were also presented with a trophy, kindly donated by transport logistics firm Norbert Detressangle.
Around 11,500 children from 104 schools throughout South Lanarkshire took part in this year’s competition.
Teachers were asked to send in the best five entries in each year category from their school, resulting in over 3200 entries to South Lanarkshire Council’s Road Safety Team. These entries where whittled down by the Road Safety Team and a judging panel of councillors, council officials, police and representatives from Norbert Detressangle, who then picked the top three in each category.
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Roads Safety Forum, East Kilbride Councillor Graham Simpson, said: “This was my first year of being involved in the calendar competition and I was very impressed by the standard of entries.
“They were absolutely first-class and all the judges commented on how difficult it was to pick an overall winner, but Olivia’s design was well deserving of this year’s prize.
“During the judging process all the names are kept confidential so there is no way of knowing who has produced what design.
“I would like to thank every pupil in each school who took part in this year’s Calendar Competition. Their support and help ensures that the Road Safety Calendar Competition remains such a success.
“I would also like to thank the police and Norbert Detressangle for their time in helping us to judge the competition. Norbert Detressangle and Global Logistics should also be thanked for their help in funding the event.”