PUPILS from four primary schools took to the stage at a Schools Climate Competition to receive awards for their work.

The competition, held by the Bishop Auckland Climate Action Group, announced winners from Escomb School, Etherley Lane School, St Anne’s School and Ingleton School, with contributions submitted from all year groups.

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Families and teachers joined the pupils and the members of the action group for the presentation by Rev John Purdy from Bishop Auckland Fellowship of Christian Churches and Diane Murphy from Bishop Auckland Climate Action.

Winners included Thomas Blundell, year five, and Lucy Oswin, year six, from Escomb School, Alfie Allan, year four, and the entire reception class, from Etherley Lane School, Kate Breckon, year six, from St Anne’s School, and Elliot Jordan, year four, from Ingleton School.

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Lucy Oswin, a year six pupil from Escomb School, was the overall winner of the competition

They each received a certificate promising a book illustrated by local artist Gillian Gamble, ‘When God made the World,’ which is set to be published in January.

The artist, who chose Lucy’s entry as the overall winner, said: “It’s very good because it has both the challenges but also a vision of how beautiful the world can be if we take care of it.”

The evening coincided with the event “A Christian response to climate change, responding with faith, hope and action,” which had been held at the Bishop Auckland Methodist Church and was sponsored by the Bishop Auckland Fellowship of Christian Churches with Dr David Golding from The North East Call to Action on Global Poverty and Climate Change.