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Published 17 October 2017

A poster designed by a Knoxland Primary School pupil has been selected to front this year’s Fireworks Safety Awareness Campaign.

Ten-year-old Kerr Gray’s important message will be displayed across West Dunbartonshire to raise awareness this Guy Fawkes night.

Kerr, who is in P6 at Knoxland Primary School in Dumbarton, wins £200 for his school and will see his poster head up this year’s campaign. Kerr’s slogan of ‘Don’t sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age’ reaffirms the message of the Fireworks Safety Awareness Campaign, which reminds retailers and the public of the legal age limit to buy fireworks.

Residents are also reminded to avoid DIY fireworks events and attend one of the official displays organised by the Council in Dumbarton and Clydebank.

West Dunbartonshire Council is hosting the popular displays on Saturday, 4 November, at Levengrove Park in Dumbarton and on Sunday, 5 November at Clydebank’s Dalmuir Park with both events starting at 7pm.

Council Leader Jonathan McColl, Chair of Community Planning, said: “Kerr’s poster delivers the important message of the age restrictions on buying fireworks that we all should be reminded of at this time of year. The restriction is set to protect us all and I would ask the public not to buy fireworks for anyone under 18 years of age when they go on sale on Sunday.”

The Council is also reminding the public and shopkeepers that any shops which sell fireworks must be licensed to do so and anyone selling to persons under 18 may be committing a criminal offence.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Station Commander, David McCaughey, said: “This is always a very busy time of year for our operational crews throughout West Dunbartonshire. Often many of the calls we receive are in response to deliberate or malicious fires. Responding to these incidents places a significant burden on our front line staff and also means that crews from neighbouring stations need to be called in to provide continuing cover to respond to incidents where people’s lives may be at risk.”

Kerr’s design will be displayed on the electronic screens in Clydebank Shopping Centre and will feature on hundreds of posters and leaflets distributed across West Dunbartonshire in schools, Council offices, libraries and shops.

Kerr said: “I love bonfire night and I was really pleased my drawing was chosen as the winner. I wanted to make sure everyone knows they can’t buy fireworks if they’re under 18. I made the rockets red and blue as this is the colour I think of when thinking of fireworks. I also made the colour of the clothes the same colour that the emergency services use. I am really happy to win the competition and I look forward to seeing my poster being displayed across the area.”