Newton Stewart: Schools benefit from rally

Park Systems Furniture Stages 2002 Local children help promote rally in the heart of Galloway. Two local schoolchildren have won funds for their schools after designing winning posters advertising a national rallying event. Pupils Claire ...

Park Systems Furniture Stages 2002

Local children help promote rally in the heart of Galloway.

Two local schoolchildren have won funds for their schools after designing winning posters advertising a national rallying event.

Pupils Claire Donnan and Vicky Wilson were among hundred of local schoolchildren from across Wigtownshire who entered a poster competition to advertise the Park Systems Furniture Stages 2002 - the penultimate round of the Kumho National Rally Championship as well as the final round of the New Pig Scottish Rally Championship.

Claire, a second year pupil at Stranraer Academy and Vicky, a pupil at Port William Primary when she entered, both received money for their school funds and have the chance to meet some of the event's top drivers at an exclusive location next week.

Claire scooped first prize in the senior school category received £300 for the art department at Stranraer Academy and Vicky received £200 for winning the junior school category. Both girls' posters have been printed and will be in local towns over the next week advertising the rally.

The Park Stages committee received entries from over 200 pupils from 15 schools, all of which were very high quality.

The imagination of the children entering the competition astounded chairman Roy Campbell who said this week the children had played a pivotal role in raising awareness of the rally, which is set to attract thousands of visitors to the area.

He said: "The standard of entries was excellent. It was tremendous to see the children becoming so involved in helping to promote the rally."

The rally, has already attracted 115 entries from drivers across the country, sets off from Newton Stewart next Saturday and the winning pupils will be right there in the midst of the action.

Both girls will receive goodies from the event, including the latest 2002 rally polo shirts and hats as well as being given the once in a lifetime chance to have a run in a rally car with a top driver round a forest stage.

On the day of the event, Saturday September 21, Claire and Vicky will also have the chance to flag off the cars from the start ramp at the Riverside Car Park in Newton Stewart.

Members of the Park Stages committee were astounded by the standard of entries received from pupils across the region and a selection of them will be on display at rally headquarters at Dumfries and Galloway College, Newton Stewart campus, next weekend.

The rally sets off from Newton Stewart on Saturday morning and heads to the forests in the heart of Galloway. Stage times will be published next week and rally programmes will be available in the town.

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