Primary school pupil finds a really fare way to spread the word

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A NORTH Glasgow primary school pupil has been given her first glimpse of a taxi with her artwork printed on its side, as the prize of a competition organised by Scotland’s largest taxi firm.

The hackney cab, part of Glasgow Taxis Ltd’s 900-strong fleet, was produced as a result of a ‘road safety’ themed competition which was open to primary schools across the city.

The winning drawing was submitted by 11-year-old Roisin Binning, from St Martha’s Primary in Balornock.

The talented youngster linked the different types of pedestrian crossings to their animal origins.

Her design will be on the side of the taxi for one year, circulating the city promoting road safety to children.

Roisin was also presented with £400 of art vouchers from Miller’s Art Shop, to be spent on supplies for the classroom.

There was an extremely stiff level of competition, with a large amount of entries passing before the eyes of the three judges from Cordia Services (LLP), Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Taxis Ltd.

Pupils who entered drawings which finished in second to fifth place were each awarded £100 of art vouchers, also from Miller’s Art Shop.

Stephen Flynn, vice-chairman of Glasgow Taxis Ltd, said: “It’s fantastic to finally see the winning artwork printed onto the side of a taxi. Roisin’s design really stood out and it looks great across the doors of the cab.

“Road safety is an extremely important issue and this competition was a great way for us to assist the council in teaching children about observing caution when near traffic.

“Congratulations to Roisin for winning the contest, plus a big thanks to Cordia and Glasgow City Council for their help with the judging process.”

The theme of ‘finding a safe place to cross’ is in line with the work which Glasgow City Council’s community action teams carry out in schools across the city, ensuring that children are aware of the risks associated with traffic.

Councillor Stephen Curran, Glasgow City Council’s executive member for education and young people, said: “It’s clear from the entries that Glasgow’s schools are full of budding artists.

“All the pupils are to be congratulated on their efforts. It was a great opportunity for them and a great way to highlight the importance of road safety in a fun and hands-on way.

“Roisin’s winning design will now be seen by thousands of people – what an amazing achievement. Well done.”

Cordia Services (LLP), the arm’s length organisation which supplies crossing patrollers to schools across Glasgow provided a judge for the panel.

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