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09th March 2001

CONSUMER CHAMPIONS MAKE IT A BOY- ZONE

<p>A team from Abbey Grammar School Newry won the coveted title of Northern Ireland’s Young Consumers 2001, beating off competition from Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Knock and Convent Grammar School Strabane. The quiz took place on Friday 2 March at the Ulster Museum Belfast.</p>

CONSUMER CHAMPIONS MAKE IT A BOY- ZONE A team from Abbey Grammar School Newry won the coveted title of Northern Ireland’s Young Consumers 2001, beating off competition from Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Knock and Convent Grammar School Strabane. The quiz took place on Friday 2 March at the Ulster Museum Belfast. The General Consumer Council and Trading Standards Service run the quiz to raise young people’s knowledge of consumer rights and responsibilities.  The teams beat over 40 other schools and colleges of further education to get to the final.  Teams were quizzed on consumer law, sources of advice, health and environment, and topical consumer issues such as food safety.  The winners received £500 for their school, a silver trophy and individual prizes. David Livingstone, Chief Trading Standards Officer commented, “Through this quiz students learn how to avoid being ripped off and, at the same time, to act as responsible consumers. Businesses also gain because well informed consumers can push up standards and help traders to become more competitive.” Joan Whiteside, Chairman of the General Consumer Council said “Younger consumers need to be more aware of their rights. This quiz helps them to make sensible and informed choices in an increasingly complex marketplace.” Notes for Editors 1. The teams were: Abbey Grammar School Newry Jamie Curran, Cathal McArdle, David Matthews and Brendan Murtagh The teacher in charge is Mr Hugh Markey. Convent Grammar School, Strabane Bridgeen Gormley, Una McAnena, Emma Quinn and Ellen Winters The teacher in charge is Mrs Nora McGrath. Our Lady & St Patrick’s College, Belfast Amy McAlister, Clare McCall, Sarah McIlveen and Catherine Mullan The teacher in charge is Ms Carolyn Minnis. 2 42 teams entered the competition. The finalists won their regional heats which were held before Christmas. 3 For further information please contact Carol Edwards at the General Consumer Council (028 9067 2488) or Jimmy Hughes at Trading Standards (028 9025 3923).