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Hartlepool pupils urged to ‘walk to school’

WALK: Children from St Helen's Primary School take part in the Living Streets event.

WALK: Children from St Helen's Primary School take part in the Living Streets event.

YOUNGSTERS boogied their way across a famous landmark in a bid to encourage more families to leave the car at home and walk to school.

Children from St Helen’s and Lynnfield Primary Schools, in Hartlepool, were among the 200 children to walk across the famous Millennium Bridge that joins Gateshead and Newcastle.

The event, which included 17 primary schools from across the North East, took place as part of Walk to School Week.

Led by dancers from Newcastle’s Dance City, the children made their way from the Tyne Bridge, along the quayside and over the Millennium Bridge before finishing their dance walk in Baltic Square.

The event was organised by national charity Living Streets and Tyne and Wear sustainable transport programme Schools Go Smarter. Children also took part in dance workshops with Dance City at the Centre for Life to hone their moves and decorated their own T-shirts to wear on the dance walk.

Simon Bromhead, from Living Streets, said: “It was absolutely fantastic to see all the children dancing along the quayside and across the bridge. Everyone had a brilliant time and it just demonstrates how much fun walking can be.

“Unfortunately our streets are designed for cars and not people and the Living Streets Dance Walk highlights the fact that we need to prioritise pupils, not traffic, on the walk to school.”

 

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