Talented tenyear old Libby Ramsey has drawn inspiration from the everyday heroes all aroundher in scooping a coveted award.
The artistic youngster’scolourful picture took pride of place in the 2016 Community Calendar, producedby some of the biggest ‘names’ in industry in the region.
Doctors,nurses, teachers, policemen, firemen and the military all featured in Libby’s picture.
Judges selectedthe St Gabriel’s School pupil for the coveted front page slot in the calendar, deliveredfree to more than 20,000 households closest to the Wilton, Billingham and NorthTees industrial sites.
A launch event,at Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium, was attended by around 100 pupils,parents and teachers as well as special guests including a mischievous Minionand two real life heroes representing the Police and the industrial emergencyservices.
Redcar andCleveland Mayor, Councillor Mrs Brenda Forster presented Libby with a £50voucher and the school, in Ormesby, also received £300.
Cllr Forster said:“It was a lovely picture, full of colour and action and who can argue with thesentiment that heroes are all around us.”
The competitioninvolved children from 11 primary schools closest to the three industrial siteswho chose a range of cartoon characters, their parents, lifeboat teams, nature,their pets and even chickens as their heroes. All the participating childrenand schools received prizes.
Eleven major industrialcompanies across Teesside financed the 2016 calendar. They are Greenergy atNorth Tees; SABIC UK Petrochemicals, Huntsman Polyurethanes, Ensus UK, LotteChemical UK, Northumbrian Water, Sembcorp Utilities UK and Falck Fire Services atWilton, plus CF Fertilisers, Lucite International and Fujifilm Diosynth atBillingham.
Now in its 27thyear, the calendar is also supported by Redcar and Cleveland Council, StocktonCouncil, Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit, Cleveland Police, Cleveland FireBrigade, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.
The pictureshows Libby with her certificate surrounded by (left to right) Andy Causton,Station Commander at Falck Fire Services which provides the emergency responseservice at Teesside’s main industrial sites, the Minion, Cllr Ian Delgarno,Mayor of Stockton, Sgt Andy Dark of Cleveland Police and Cllr Brenda Forster,Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland Council.