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Girl's School Meal Photo Ban Overturned
A council has overturned a ban which prevented a nine-year-old girl from posting pictures of her school dinners on a blog.
Martha Payne started the NeverSeconds blog six weeks ago, posting images and opinions about what she had been served for lunch at her school's cafeteria in Lochgilphead, Argyll.
She gave a score out of 10, a "health rating" and even the number of hairs found in each meal.
Martha's efforts won the support of celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver and Nick Nairn.
But on Thursday Argyll and Bute Council said it had stopped her taking photos because media attention had resulted in catering staff fearing for their jobs.
But on Friday, following a social media backlash against the ban, the local authority changed its mind.
In a statement, leader of the council Roddy McCuish confirmed the ban would be lifted, adding: "There is no place for censorship in this council and never will be whilst I am leader.
"We need to find a united way forward so I am going to bring together our catering staff, the pupils, councillors and council officials to ensure that the council continues to provide healthy, nutritious and attractive school meals."
On Thursday night Martha posted a goodbye message, which said: "This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my headteacher and taken to her office.
"I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today.
"I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I'll miss seeing the dinners you send me too."
Jamie Oliver led the public backlash against the council's ban.
"Stay strong Martha," he wrote on Twitter, and urged his followers to spread the message.
A council spokesman originally defended the decision, saying it had to protect staff from the "distress and harm" the blog's "unwarranted attacks" was causing.
As well as reviewing school lunches, Martha also used the site to raise money for Mary's Meals, a charity which runs school feeding projects in deprived communities around the world.
She had feared the ban would stop her from reaching her £7,000 fundraising target for the charity.
But as a result of the ensuing publicity - and her blog trending on Twitter - the amount of money raised on Martha's JustGiving page has soared from £2,000 to more than £24,000.