Children win green awards

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Two youngsters are celebrating after being praised for being environmentally friendly.

Spencer Bell and Holly Newby, both pupils at Percy Main Primary School in North Shields, were nominated for awards as part of the World Wildlife Fund’s Green Ambassadors scheme.

Spencer, 10, came second in the class for schoolchildren showing willingness to go the extra mile for the environment.

Holly, also 10, was presented with the Charles Maher Award at a ceremony at the fund’s Living Planet Centre in Surrey by UK-based Living Streets for her green commitments.

Spencer said: “It feels amazing. I feel now I can make a better future. It’s made me feel more accomplished, and I know more about sustainability in a big way.”

Holly added: “More people will know all about us now, and I feel so proud to have been recognised in this way.”

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member with responsibility for the environment, said: “I would like to congratulate both Spencer and Holly on their outstanding achievements; they have done the whole borough proud.

“Their commitment has been fantastic and I look forward to seeing them push on and work even harder in future.”