Thursday, December 8, 2022

c2c commemorates Remembrance day with school poster competition

LOCAL train operator c2c will be offering free travel for service personnel on Remembrance Sunday and is also commemorating the event with a Remembrance day poster designed by a local school pupil.

The Remembrance day poster is an annual competition for schools who have adopted c2c stations along the route. The schools were asked to design a poster to commemorate Remembrance Day and the winner was Year 5 pupil, Bella Gjika from Bournes Green Infant and Junior School, whose striking design depicts a train covered in poppies with children holding hands in a field.

The pupil visited Thorpe Bay station this week to see her winning design, which was displayed by the entrance wall on platform 1. 

c2c is also working with local business, Ashwells Reclaimed Timber in Upminster, to create Bella’s bonus prize of designing a planter for Thorpe Bay station. 

Bella also met c2c’s MD Rob Mullen who joined her and headteacher at the official viewing. Rob said: “It’s been a real pleasure welcoming Bella, her father and headteacher Mrs Cooney to Thorpe Bay station. 

“Our annual poppy design competition is an important event in the c2c calendar and this year we received quite a few entries from various schools, so well done to all that were involved. 

“We are proud to show off Bella’s commemorative design across the c2c route this year.”

Bournes Green school’s Headteacher, Mrs Cooney, who has expressed immense pride in Bella Gjika’s hard work on her winning design said: “We are all incredibly proud of Bella and are excited to see her remembrance artwork on display at all stations along the c2c route.”

Winning pupil, Bella Gjika said: “I really enjoyed designing this poster and the green of the fields and the poppies on the train in the picture really symbolise Remembrance Day. 

“I can’t wait to see my poster at all the c2c stations so I’m going to spend the day with my family travelling on the train so we can spot them all!”

The winning poster will be displayed at all c2c stations in time for Remembrance Sunday. 

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