Keltic Clothing has launched a new competition to recognise the commitment and work of some of the UK’s longest serving school crossing patrols (SCPs).
A longstanding partner of Road Safety GB and sponsor of the Road Safety News newsfeed, Keltic Clothing is keen to support the SCP service through the budget cuts the service is currently experiencing.
The idea for SCPs came in the late 1940s when two of the newly created road safety officers in the London Boroughs of Dagenham and Barking (Jock Brining and Dorothy Pummell) recognised a growing problem with the safety of child pedestrians given the increasing volume of traffic on roads.
The service was officially created by the School Crossing Patrol Act in 1953 and the first official patrol started work in 1954. Keltic Clothing is launching the competition to mark the 60th anniversary of the start of the SCP service’s operational life.
Under the new competition, Keltic Clothing will award a prize to the longest-serving SCP in each region, in recognition of the “great work they have done serving Britain’s schoolchildren”.
Road safety teams can enter the competition by simply emailing the name of their longest serving SCP, along with the number of years served, to: SCP@kelticclothing.co.uk. The nomination must come from a local authority email address.
The prize is a bottle of champagne and a length of service badge for each region’s longest-serving patrol – as well as a supply of Keltic’s STOP cupcakes for the whole team.
Louise Bennett, from Keltic Clothing’s road safety department, said: “Following the introduction of our SCP length of services badges, we have been amazed at the length of time so many patrols have been working hard keeping children safe on the roads.
“To highlight this we wanted to give something back to the UK’s SCPs by launching a new competition.”
For more information about the competition contact Louise Bennett at Keltic Clothing on 08450 666699.