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Poster Competition Promotes Safety at Halloween

Released: 16 September 2011

The hugely successful Bonfire Safety Poster Competition is once again open for entries from young people living or attending school in the Down district.

Organised by Down District’s Bonfire Liaison Committee, a sub committee of the Down District Community Safety Partnership, the competition has proven successful in raising awareness about the importance of keeping safe around bonfires and fireworks amongst young people.

Six lucky winners will each receive a £50 voucher and have their entry feature in the Community Safety Partnership’s Calendar for 2012.

Chairman of the Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Mickey Coogan has urged parents, carers and teachers to lend their support to the initiative by encouraging young people to take part in the competition, and to learn more about the potential dangers associated with fireworks and bonfires.

Chairman of the Bonfire Liaison Committee, Councillor William Walker said, “It’s really important that we keep reinforcing our safety messages as the Halloween season approaches. It’s an exciting and fun time for many young people, but there are still too many preventable accidents occurring at this time of year and we must do all we can to reduce such incidences.”

To enter the competition, simply draw or use a computer to design an A4 poster that highlights the importance of bonfire safety. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Community Safety section of the Down District Council website at or by contacting Stephanie Kelly on 028 4461 0800 or

Closing date for entries is 4.00pm on Friday 14 October 2011. Completed entries should be forwarded to

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