Berwick pupils praised for graffiti clean-up
19 Oct 2020
Two Berwick teenagers have been recognised for their efforts in tackling graffiti in their local area.
Kyra Bell and Billie-Jo Eldessouky, pupils at Berwick Academy, were so upset by a load of graffiti scrawled on Spittal Shelter they took matters into their own hands and spent many hours over several days working to scrub it off.
Unfortunately the damage was so bad that a complete paint over was needed which the County Council arranged and carried out.
Word of the girls’ efforts reached Berwick East Councillor Georgina Hill who arranged a presentation of framed letters of thanks on behalf of the council and a visit to the school alongside council leader Glen Sanderson.
Councillor Hill said: “It was a wonderful, community-spirted thing to do so we were keen to show our appreciation to the girls.”
Councillor Sanderson said: “It’s really heartwarming to see local people, especially the young, showing pride in where they live and this was an absolutely great effort by Kyra and Billie-Jo to spend a lot of their own time working to clean up this senseless damage.
“They’re an absolute credit to their school and their local community and I thank them so much on behalf of the council.
Berwick Academy Headteacher Ms Tracy Hush added: 'We are so very proud of Kyra and Billie-Jo.
“This isn't the first time they have put their community first. I am so proud to know these two young people, their sense of social responsibility and civic pride is an example to all.”