MORE than half a million people will hear Bonfire and firework
safety radio adverts voiced by school children as part of the
Thanks to a partnership between Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service and Key 103, pupils from Oldham Academy North and
Gorton Education Village spent two exciting days at the radio
studios last month.
Kathryn Aylett, GMFRS' Children and Young People's Programme
Co-ordinator said: "In the run up to Bonfire Night we wanted young
people from schools in high risk areas to put together the radio
adverts talking about firework safety.
"We chose pupils from Oldham Academy and Gorton Education
Village because over the last two years there have been a number of
bonfire and firework related issues in those areas so we wanted to
work with local young people using Key 103 to try and change
"The pupils' adverts are part of the Treacle campaign and it's
great that they are talking about fire safety around the Bonfire
Night to their peers."
Treacle is a partnership based approach aimed at preventing,
tackling and protecting against antisocial behaviour, criminal
damage and reducing incidents and injuries during the Hallowe'en
and Bonfire period.
The media bus visited both schools and after coming up with
scripts and ideas for their Bonfire safety adverts, Year 7 and 8
pupils visited the radio studios to put together and record their
Pupils from each school went head-to-head during the project to
make the best advert on the Bonfire and firework safety theme.
Key 103's Dianne Musker said: "Each school broke into two groups
and produced two adverts and two breakfast shows.
"We were blown away by the creativity the pupils showed - they
worked so hard and were incredibly professional behind the
"The children were an absolute credit to their schools and their
behaviour was exemplary."
Each school chose their favourite advert to be put through to
the final before a panel of judges from GMFRS and Key 103 gave each
school's advert a listen.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,
Councillor David Acton, said: "We wanted to work with pupils on the
Bonfire and firework safety theme to get them excited and engaged
as part of Treacle.
"Children learn most from their peers and it's important that
they understand and feel a personal responsibility for Bonfire and
firework safety in their community."
With the judges unable to pick an overall winner, the two
winning adverts from Oldham Academy North and Gorton Education
Village will be aired on Key 103 for two weeks from Tuesday,
October 23 to Monday, November 5.
Partner agencies involved in Treacle include Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Police, ten local
authorities, Trading Standards, transport for Greater Manchester,
the Chamber of Commerce, HSE and New Economy.
Have a listen to Gorton Education Village
here, or Oldham Academy