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Friday 12th October, 2012

Mrs France and the former pupils from Westfield Community School celebrate with Ellsey’s Vinegar as their winning design is unveiled. (Back L/R Emily Lucas (11), Naomi Stothers (11), Mrs Anita France, Jamie Dwyer (12), Warren Tymon (11) Front L/R John Gaskell, Shaun Roberts (Ellsey’s MD) Tim Williams (Ellsey’s Owner)

Pupils from three Wigan primary schools can see their artwork on the delivery fleet for local vinegar firm Ellsey’s.

The schools were asked to help celebrate the company’s special birthday by creating posters highlighting Ellsey’s 80 year history and celebrating all things great about vinegar. Now Ellsey’s wagons are decorated with designs from pupils from St James C. E. Primary School, Westfield Community School and Highfield St Matthews C.E Primary School.

The back doors of all three delivery wagons feature four of the children’s designs from each school but Shaun Roberts, Managing Director at Ellsey’s, explained it wasn’t easy picking the winners. “We had hundreds of entries and it was incredibly difficult to pick out the best as all the children had gone to such an effort and drawn some really creative posters. In the end we decided to pick four winners from each school so we could recognise as many children as possible.”

The twelve winning pupils all received a £25 gift card and each of the schools’ received a £100 donation to thank them for helping to celebrate Ellsey’s 80th Anniversary. Ellsey’s staff have attended special presentations at each school to provide them with their gift cards, and donation and as well as revealing the final winning design.

Mrs Anita France, a year six teacher at Westfield Community School, said: “All the pupils and staff were all really excited to see the lorry. It has been great fun to take part in the competition and we are so pleased for the winning students.”

Mrs Christina Ratcliffe from St James’s C.E Primary School also added that they were delighted to receive the donation and that their pupils had been selected as winners.

Shaun said: “As a company with an 80 year history in Wigan we really wanted to ask the local community to join in our year of anniversary celebrations. The wagons look fantastic and we would like to thank the staff and pupils for taking part.”

“The children will be on the lookout for the lorries on the road” said Mrs Sarah Murphy from Highfield St Matthews C.E School.

The wagons have all been printed with vinyl expected to last several years.

Set up in 1932 by Walter Ellsey, Ellsey’s Vinegar is the midst of celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year. The firm has remained a family run business throughout its history and to mark such a prestigious milestone the company are preparing to publish a book on the firm’s history.

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