Monday, 17 October 2011

Manchester's Communication Academy takes to the airwaves to promote safety messages

Harpurhey's Communication Academy have created their own radio jingle to promote the Safe4Autumn website that supports the Treacle Partnership Campaign aimed at keeping people across the city safe and secure as the dark nights draw in.

The advert has been placed on a Facebook page,alongside the efforts of pupils at Mount St Joseph Business and Enterprise College,and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is asking members of the public to tell them which is their favourite advert and why.

The winning advert,chosen by GMFRS,will then be played on air across the Key2Radio network of school radio stations to support safety messages around fireworks and bonfires.

Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire Authority, said: "The Safe4autumn campaign aims to reduce the potential for anti-social behaviour that, unfortunately, has previously accompanied the Hallowe'en, fireworks and bonfire night period.

"By working with year eight students to create their own safety messages about fireworks and bonfires, we hope people out there will carefully consider the consequences before getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

"We want as many people to visit the website, listen to both adverts and leave a comment letting us know which one they like and why.

"We will then choose the winning commercial which will then be played on air on a local radio station and across the schools' radio network."

Isatou Jobe, 12, a pupil at Manchester Communication Academy, said: "It was a great day out recording the advert.

"When it comes to bonfire night, people should stay safe and attend properly organised fires and firework displays."

Chief Inspector George Fawcett, GMP's Treacle co-ordinator, said: "Halloween and Bonfire Night should be an enjoyable time for all and officers will be out and about in across Greater Manchester ensuring that everybody has a safe time.

"I appreciate that trick and treaters can be quite intimidating, especially for older members of the community. But you do not have to open the door if you do not want to. If you are feeling intimidated or frightened then please call the police.

"If you are planning on attending a firework display then I would strongly recommend attending an organised event rather than risking your safety and attempting to set fireworks off in your back garden. Most events are free and there will be a high police presence at them."

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