Paintings rigged up

Fens Primary School pupils, left to right, Alex Clouston, 9, Jake Crosby, 9, Clara Jervis, 8 and Sam milburn, 9 with their certificates and vouchers.
Fens Primary School pupils, left to right, Alex Clouston, 9, Jake Crosby, 9, Clara Jervis, 8 and Sam milburn, 9 with their certificates and vouchers.

ARTISTIC schoolchildren have been rewarded for brightening up the lives of oil rig workers.

Pupils from Fens Primary School, in Mowbray Road, sent 60 pictures to adorn the living accommodation on a rig off the coast of Aberdeen after they took part in an art competition by rig bosses Hertel.

Youngsters were invited to create colourful pictures on the wide theme of the environment. Many of the Fens pupils chose local Hartlepool scenes as their inspiration.

Claire Atkinson, the school’s community co-ordinator, said: “The aim was to make the living accommodation brighter and more cheerful.

“A lot of staff on the rig are from Hartlepool and they say it helps remind them of home.

“We’ve already had some nice comments from workers on the oil rig who have seen them.

“Some entries were of the North Sea and Hartlepool scenes and others were a mix-match of different environmental issues.”

Six Year 4 Fens pupils won £20 WH Smith vouchers for their efforts.

A Hertel spokesman said: “The BG North Everest Project was an important contract for us which we wanted to share with the community we have been operating in for the past 30 years. We have been overwhelmed with the response from schools and we are proud of all the pupils who took part and the excellent standards of artwork we received.

“Many of the personnel who work on board the BG North Everest Platform are from the region, so it is a great opportunity to be able to provide them with a bit of home while they are working away.

“I hope the children enjoy their prizes and would like to thank you again for your participation.”

Hertel Offshore Division is responsible for building, installing and maintaining offshore accommodation modules that can withstand harsh climates but are comfortable for workers.