Vandals destroy schoolchildren's banners in support of key workers

By Harriet Evans | West Bromwich | Crime | Published:

Vandals have destroyed artwork created by Black Country schoolchildren to thank key workers.

One of the banners at Hall Green Primary School before it was vandalised

Children of key workers who have been attending Hall Green Primary School in West Bromwich during lockdown had created a number of large colourful displays to lift the spirits of frontline staff and the community.

But on Thursday night vandals tore down the banners and bunting from the railings outside the school on Westminster Road.

A damaged banner
One of the banners before it was damaged

Alison Gilbert, deputy headteacher, said: “We’re devastated by the vandalism as the children put in so much hard work to show their appreciation to key workers and NHS staff.

"It’s unthinkable that someone could do such a thing. We are truly saddened by it.

"We’re now doing all we can to salvage the artwork that’s not too badly damaged and we’ll be putting it back up on the school site, not on the railings, so this can’t happen again.”

The torn-down banners

Sandwell Council posted on Twitter, calling the act "unacceptable".

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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