Natalie Dixon with her winning poster
Natalie Dixon with her winning poster

A talented primary school pupil from Burntwood is celebrating after scooping a top prize as part of a countywide firework safety poster competition.

Natalie Dixon, a year six student at Holly Grove Primary School, won a Nintendo DS games console and her poster will be on display across Staffordshire in the run up to Bonfire Night.

Her winning entry features the number of a special Firework Hotline which has been set up to answer any legal questions that residents have about Bonfire Night.

Headteacher Dawn O’Hare said:

“We’re all really pleased for Natalie – she’s had her work selected from hundreds of children across the county.

“To have her poster used to display such and important message throughout Staffordshire is a real accolade.”

The Operation Good Guy competition – led by Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service – forms part of Take Care and Be Aware campaign

The seasonal initiative urges young people to stay safe and out of trouble over the Bonfire Night and Halloween period.

And for the first time ever people can also call the hotline on 08454 02 03 34 if they have a query about anti social behaviour.

Staffordshire County Councillor Steve Tranter visited the school to present Natalie with her prize.

He said:

“Natalie’s poster design is fantastic – it’s colourful and really stands out. She should be proud that her work is going to be displayed across the county and conveying an important message that we’re all working together to make Staffordshire a safer place this autumn.

“Everyone should be able to have fun on Bonfire Night and Halloween events but it’s important to remember that irresponsible actions can have serious consequences to people’s safety.”


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