TWO youngsters have been rewarded for using their artistic talents to promote the importance of keeping their village tidy.

Children at Stanley Crook Primary School were tasked with designing anti-littering posters as part of the It’s Your Town project, funded by the 3 Towns Area Action Partnership (AAP).

The competition was launched at a special assembly delivered by Durham County Council’s civic pride team who asked pupil to think about ways of encouraging people to dispose of their litter correctly.

Similar competitions have been set in other primary schools in the AAP area, with one winner chosen from each school.

In Stanley Crook, Declan Lofthouse, nine, triumphed and was rewarded with a gift voucher, presented by the council’s anti-litter mascot, Tidy Ted. Declan’s design will also be made into a poster or bin sticker to display across the village.

Sandy Denney, the 3 Towns AAP co-ordinator, said: “We selected Declan’s poster as it was a very colourful and eye catching design that linked the impact of local litter to the global picture”

An additional prize was also awarded to five-year-old Jacob Robinson for his 3D model, which all of the judges thought deserved a special award.