Monday 9 Feb 2004

SOUTHEND CHILDREN HIGHLIGHT DANGERS OF THE RAILWAY

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Network Rail has commended the artistic talents of five school children from the Southend area.  Each child had entered a railway safety schools’ competition.  The entrants all received safety talks from Southend United’s Football in the Community scheme and were then asked to design a poster aimed at illustrating the dangers of the railway. Jon Wiseman, Network Rail General Manager said:  “The posters were of a very high standard and it is encouraging to see that children do understand just how dangerous the railways are.  School competitions, along with Southend United’s Football in the Community scheme, help to educate children and that is the key to combating railway crime.”      The winners (listed overleaf) all received two tickets to see Southend United play Cambridge United at Roots Hall stadium on Saturday 7 February. Slogans on the posters included: a)      Don’t die because of a game.  Your family’s life won’t be the same. b)      Clickety Clack, Clickety Clack, play on the tracks and you won’t come back. c)      £1000 fine when you’re caught on the line d)      It’s your life! Risk it on the line, lose it in no time e)      If you wanna play with the train lines – go to the toy shop - more - Poster – 2 Name Year group School a Paige Chadwick 6 Leigh North Street School b Rebecca Green 6 St. Helen’s School c Devon Neill 5 Darlinghurst School d Ellen Farrell 6 West Leigh Junior School e Jodie Goodwin Richmond Avenue Primary School, Shoeburyness On the photo the winners’ names are left to right in the same order as above.

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