26th February 2020


Earlier this year Abbey Centre partnered with Road Safe NI, Newtownabbey Road Safety Committee and Policing and Community Safety Partnership, to host STOP, LOOK, LISTEN – a road safety campaign targeting vulnerable road users in our community and driving home the road safe message.

The old Poundland unit was transformed into a thought-provoking gallery space featuring an exhibition of road safety posters created by P5 Primary school children, from across the borough.

Mark Stewart, Abbey Centre Manager, said:

‚ÄėAs a family-friendly retail and leisure destination, our aim is to embrace our younger generation, to reach out to our local community and to support projects across our network that address an area of social need and benefit our locality. The STOP, LOOK, LISTEN campaign ticked all boxes.

We wish to extend our thanks to all participating schools and congratulate the 12 budding artists on their winning designs. All 12 posters will now be made into¬†the new Policing and Community Safety Partnership calendar 2021.’

Participating schools included: Ashgrove Primary School, Ballyclare Primary School, Fairview Primary School, Jordanstown Primary School, Mossgrove Primary School, Randalstown Central Primary School, Rosstulla Primary School, St. Mary’s on the Hill Primary School, St. Joesph’s Primary School, Antrim, St. Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Straid Primary School, Thornfield House School, Whitehouse Primary School, Hazelwood Integrated

Pat Martin MBE, Chairperson of Road Safe NI, said:

‚ÄėP5 Primary school children, from across the borough were tasked with designing a road safety poster focusing on the dangers of mobile phones in relation to road safety, the importance of hi-visibility for all road users, the importance of wearing a seatbelt and/or the Green Cross Code. Due to Covid-19 our public exhibition was cut short but had an emotive impact nevertheless. We were so impressed with the creative talent in our borough.’

Winners included:

Amber, Rosstulla Primary School | Ava, St. Mary’s on the Hill Primary School | Charlie, Mossgrove Primary School | Emma, Jordanstown Primary School | Emma, St. Joesph’s Primary School, Antrim | Ethan, Fairview Primary School | Emma, St. Oliver Plunkett Primary School | Grace, Straid Primary School | Holly, Thornfield House School | Katie, Whitehouse Primary School | Lara, Randalstown Central Primary School | Rowan, Ashgrove Primary School


Pictured (pre Covid-19): Holly showing off her winning design with Pat Martin, MBE and Chairperson of Road Safe NI, at Abbey Centre.