A SIGNS company in the borough was able to lend a little Christmas cheer to local primary schools.

Bosses at Carrick Signs, in Whitefield, first helped creative youngsters to celebrate the festive season in 2018 by donating three huge giant Christmas trees.

Made out of giant boards, the mock firs kept pupils at Whitefield Community Primary, Higher Lane Primary and All Saints CE Primary entertained.

And the yuletide scheme went down so well that staff at the Moss Lane company decided to extend the exercise to schools across the Bury area.

Teachers have been kept busy sending in photos of the decorated trees to staff at the Moss Lane company.

And their judges picked out the efforts of arty types at Elton Primary as the most imaginative effort.

Their prize is a £500 voucher which can be spent on commissioning a large format print project from Carrick in the near future.

Managing director Amanda Roscoe said: “We knew the three local schools and what we do is print on large boards and cut them to whatever shape required.

“But this time we just supplied the blank boards, cut to shape in two pieces, that slotted together to make a Christmas tree. The kids loved decorating them and sent us pictures of their work.”

The competition this year by the venture, which specialises in board printing, outdoor banners, roller banners, backdrop displays, window and vehicle graphics and outdoor signage, really appeared to really capture the imagination.

She added: “We do all we can to help our community. Offering all the schools a tree to decorate this year is part of that.

“But we thought that the kids would enjoy it even more if a prize to help their school was also part of the fun.

“We sent a Carrick elf out to over 20 schools in the Bury area to drop off blank trees.”