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The balloon goes up at the Gala!

Force balloon logo competition July 2013

The balloon goes up at the Gala!

TWO school students from east Durham are helping police take to the air at this weekend’s Miners Gala.

Earlier this year Durham Constabulary felt a new design was needed for the ‘corporate’ balloons which, along with other items such as pens, fridge magnets and bike reflectors are handed out at various community events.

Staff from the force’s engagement team contacted schools in the former mining communities to see if they wanted their pupils to take part in a ‘design a balloon’ competition, timed to coincide with the ‘Big Meeting’ on Saturday, 13 July.

There were 183 entries in total from six different schools, with the winners chosen by Deputy Chief Constable Michael Banks and Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The top two entries came from Luke Rousell, aged 11 who goes to Seaview Primary School in Seaham and 10-year-old Lauren Taylor, from Shotton Primary.

On Wed 10 July, Luke and Lauren visited police headquarters, Aykley Heads and were presented with their prizes, given a tour of HQ and saw their designs on the finished balloons.

They each received a top of the range 32GB Asus Nexus tablet PC worth around £200.

Luke’s design focused on the phrase ’Unity in the Community’ while Lauren’s concentrated on ways to contact the police – 999 for an emergency, or 101 for all other matters.

The schools taking part were Glendene Arts Academy, Kelloe Community Primary, Howletch Lane Primary, Shotton Primary, Seaview Primary and Easington Colliery Primary.

The presentations will be made by PCC Ron Hogg and Durham’s Assistant Chief Constable Dave Orford.

We were all really impressed by the children’s imagination and the quality of their designs. Luke and Lauren will now have their efforts seen by hundreds or even thousands of people at the Gala, and at other community events across the force area in future,” said Mr Orford.

Durham has always been a force which stays close to and engages with our communities. The Gala is a huge event and gives us an opportunity to spread key messages to residents and visitors alike.”

PCC Ron Hogg added: “This has been an excellent community engagement opportunity. Not only has this competition helped to raise awareness amongst young people about how the police work together with local communities, it has also helped to promote the correct way to use the emergency and non-emergency contact numbers”.

Posted on Thursday 11th July 2013
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