As Pontefract Civic Society turned 50 in May, we brought back a tried and trusted activity for school pupils who care about their town and the environment, and their artwork did not disappoint us.

Dozens of anti-litter posters were created during May and June at Carleton Park School and St. Giles C of E Academy, and these were judged last week by the civic society Citizenship Group, which resulted in Phil Cook, civic society Vice Chair, presenting awards and enlarged copies of the winning posters to the top three from each school who attended the ceremony in Pontefract Library on Tuesday..

Civic Society Chair, Paul Cartwright, who announced the winners’ said “caring about where you live has synergy between the civic society and schools curriculum, and it was clear from the pupils posters that the environment and the future of our planet are really important”.

Richard Grace, Head, St Giles C of E Academy said “It was a privilege to take part in a competition which reinforces the importance of civic pride, and the kids loved the awards ceremony”.

Joe Ayre, Head, Carleton Park J&I School said “Our competition winners designed some amazing posters”.

All participants in the competition will receive a certificate for their efforts, and the young people whose work had pride of place today were presented with a trophy and their own large poster by Phil Cook, civic society, Vice Chair.

All the posters will remain on display in Pontefract Library’s art space until Fri 28th June, and the civic society hopes to use some of the materials to spread the good work and concerns from the future adults of the town.