Salmestone pupil Leo named ‘litter angel’ for his winning poster design

Head teacher Nigel Pantling, Leo and his dad and Sir Roger Gale Photo Jamie Horton

Photos and report by Jamie Horton (Yr 10, Hartsdown Academy)

A Year 5 pupil at Salmestone Primary School in Margate has been named as a ‘litter angel’ after his design won a campaign poster competition.

Leo Farley was named winner of the competition launched by MPs Sir Roger Gale and Crag Mackinlay for student in Kent.

Sir Roger attended Salmestone on Friday (February 28) to present Leo with his certificate and a special prize mug.

He told the class that the competition had been prompted after a huge mountain of waste was left on Margate Main Sands last Summer.

He said: “ A huge number of people came down to Margate, it was a nice sunny day and they left all their litter along the beach. It was absolutely frightful, people were taking photographs of it and it made the national papers -not the kind of publicity we want.

“If you drive along the Thanet Way you can actually see people wind down their windows and throw out cans, plastic bottles and things, and then someone else has to come along and pick it up.”

The competition was for posters to be used in schools to encourage people to keep their environment clean. Leo’s winning design, which Sir Roger said was ‘excellent,’ will also be used by McDonald’s.

Leo was presented with a certificate signed by Sir Roger and Mr Mackinlay, naming him as a litter angel.

The certificate said: “Leo Farley has made his school proud by creating an outstanding litter poster, and in recognition of this achievement has been awarded the title Honorary Litter Angel.”