“SPREAD rainbows of happiness around by picking up your litter.”

That was the message of 11-year-old schoolgirl Francesca Guerrero on her winning entry into an anti-litter poster competition.

Children at Peases West Primary School, near Crook, 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 pupils to think about ways of encouraging people to dispose of their litter correctly.

Sandy Denney, 3 Towns AAP co-ordinator, said: “Francesca’s poster was bright and colourful and the happy message was very different to any of the others that we had seen on a poster.”

Francesca was awarded with a gift voucher, presented by the council’s anti-litter mascot, Tidy Ted. Her design will also be made into a poster or bin sticker to display in the village.