Winners of Transition Stourbridge's calendar competition announced

Stourbridge News: Photography competition runner up Laurence Hill, Rosanne Adams, Waitrose store manager David Harcourt and winner Steve Edwards. Photography competition runner up Laurence Hill, Rosanne Adams, Waitrose store manager David Harcourt and winner Steve Edwards.

ECO group Transition Stourbridge has released a calendar in a bid to raise the profile of the River Stour.

Nicknamed the invisible river, volunteers hoped that the increased publicity would highlight the appalling state it is in due to the amount of waste and rubbish dumped into it.

The group launched a competition in the summer, urging borough residents to take a shot of the river, with the best being selected to feature in the calendar.

Competition organiser, Rosanne Adams, said: "The purpose of the competition was to get people down to the 'invisible' River Stour and to take an interest in it. We had around 20 entries and one or two younger people entered.

"We are hoping to run it again next ear and it would be great if people started taking photographs as soon as possible."

The winning shot was taken by Steve Edwards, who claimed the first prize received £50 cash and a trophy, donated by Waitrose, at the Stourbridge supermarket on Saturday.

Second prize went to Lawrence Hill, who won membership of the RSPB and £20 cash and Seki Adachi received a £20 book token for third prize.

The calendar, which can be bought in the Stourbridge Health Store, Victoria Passage, priced £3.50, also features photographs taken by other entrants.

All of the photographs submitted can be seen displayed in the window of Stour Tech, next to Peplow's on High Street, Stourbridge.

The group are now appealing for people from Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Lye to come forward and both monitor and clear the river as it flows from its source in the Clent Hills towards Stourbridge.

Anyone who would like to help the group, should contact Mrs Adams on 01384 390095.

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