South Ribble’s Bright Sparx Poster Competition Winners Announced

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This year’s Bright Sparx firework safety poster competition winners have been announced!

The competition, which has been running for around eleven consecutive years, invited children from primary schools across the South Ribble district to design posters that contained safety messages in the lead up to bonfire night as part of the Bright Sparx campaign. They were encouraged to think about fire safety messages, concerns over pets and vulnerable people and how to help people who may have had burns.


There were 10 schools that took part in the competition this year, producing some excellent entries. 

Andy Dow, Community Safety Advisor (CSA) for Leyland said; “We had around100 entries in each category this year, and they were all really impressive. It really was a tough decision to pick the overall winners.”

Judging was carried out by the Station Manager of Leyland Fire Station Chris Waring; and Andy. 


The posters were split into three categories depending on the ages of the children (Reception, Year 1& 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6) and there was one overall competition winner selected too. 

The winners from each category were:

Overall winner; Keeva McNaught from Farington St. Paul’s Primary School;

Marley Maddock (Reception and years 1 and 2) from Farington St Paul’s Primary School; 

Sofia Alexa Higgins (years 3 and 4), Lever House Primary School; 

and Josh Parr (years 5 and 6), Higher Walton Primary School. 

The runners up from each category were Maisie Taylor (Reception and years 1 and 2), Farington St. Paul’s Primary School. Sienna Gregson (Years 3 and 4), Penowrtham Primary School and Summer Duggon (Years 5 and 6), Lostock Hall Primary School.

This year the prizes were provided by South Ribble Borough Council and included; a tablet for the overall winner, family tickets to the Worden Park Bonfire event in Leyland and family swim passes for the runners up.

The children were presented with their awards on Monday 11th November at Leyland Fire Station by Station Manager for Leyland, Chris Waring, CSA Andy Down and members of South Ribble Borough Council. 

Of the competition, Station Manager Chris Waring said: 

“it’s so important for young people to understand the dangers of fireworks and learn at an early age how to stay safe during the bonfire night period. 

“This competition not only enables young people to take an active part in promoting fire safety but have a positive influence on their peers too, which ultimately helps us get our safety messages out there.”


“We’d like to take this opportunity too, to thank all those schools, teachers, parents, guardians and of course children who took part and made the competition this year such a success.”