Wednesday 26 Oct 2005
MEDIA INVITATION: RAIL SAFETY PRIZE IS MUSIC TO THE EARS OF SLOUGH STUDENT
- Region & Route:
Wales & Western: Western
Wales & Western
Date: Tuesday 1 November 2005
Location: Wexham Secondary School, Norway Drive, Slough, SL2 5QP
Event: A Slough student will be presented with a prize at his school assembly after entering a Network Rail safety competition.
Media contact: Stuart Buss 020 7557 8107
Journalists and photographers are invited to see Slough student Ben Lovegrove pick up an Apple iPod music player after winning a competition in Network Rail’s No Messin’! campaign – a safety initiative aimed at educating young people about the dangers of playing on the railway.
Ben, who is 13 years old, won the competition after entering the prize draw at the No Messin’! Live event held in Slough in August. Ben will be presented with his prize during his school assembly at Wexham Secondary School by Network Rail’s Railway Crime Education Manager Tanya Maich. The prize-giving will then be followed by a short presentation to pupils about the dangers of trespassing on the railway.
Network Rail’s Route Director Robbie Burns said: “The No Messin’! campaign is a great way for us to show young people alternatives to playing on the railway. Ben is a worthy winner of this prize and I hope his fellow pupils will also learn a great deal about railway safety.”
Ben’s Head of Year at the school, Mr Tidey, said: “We were delighted to hear that Ben had won this prize and give our full support to the No Messin’! campaign. This initiative is a fantastic way to educate young people about the dangers of playing on the railway and we welcome Network Rail’s offer to teach our pupils more about this important issue.”
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