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Popular Bonfire Safety Poster Competition Now Open for Entries

Released: 23 May 2011

School children are invited to submit their entries now to the popular Bonfire Safety Poster Competition, organised by Down District Council’s Bonfire Liaison Committee in conjunction with Down District Community Safety Partnership.

The initiative aims to educate young people about the dangers of bonfires and the importance of remaining safe during summer celebrations.

Councillor William Walker, Chairman of the Bonfire Liaison Committee said, “This competition has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and provides our young people with an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents whilst highlighting a very important message. July bonfire celebrations are great fun, but it is vital that we educate our young people about how to enjoy these festivities safely. We need to do all we can to reduce the levels of risk associated with bonfires, reduce anti-social behaviour and keep our communities safer.”

BonfireThe Bonfire Safety Competition is open to young people living or attending schools and colleges in Down district. Pupils are asked to design an A4 poster on the theme of bonfire safety either by hand or by using a computer. The judging panel will consider both the design elements and messages in each submission, and six lucky winners will each receive a £50 voucher and have their artwork included in the 2012 Community Safety Calendar.

Entry forms are available from the Community Safety page at or by contacting Stephanie Kelly on 028 4461 0800, email

Entries should be forwarded to

Community Safety Partnership,
Down District Council,
24 Strangford Road,
BT30 6SR

by 4.00pm on Friday 17 June 2011.