INQUISITIVE youngsters were given an insight into the role minerals play in people’s lives on a school trip to a Hartlepool plant.
Pupils from Throston Primary School visited the town’s Omya UK plant as part of Europen Minerals Day.
The processing plant in Middleton Road was nominated to host an event as part of the awareness raising day.
Staff organised an event called Children Challenging Industry to made sure the youngsters got the most out of the educational visit.
It comprised of an introduction to Omya, a tour around the plant followed by a quiz and refreshments. All the children were given free T-shirts to remember the day and prizes were awarded to the winner of the quiz.
The plant processes a mineral called white dolomite which is quarried in Norway and shipped to Hartlepool.
It is processed and turned into products used in the paints and plastics industries.
Amar Dhaliwal, plant manager, said: “The day was an opportunity for the children to visit our site and learn more about local industry and the important role that minerals make in shaping and sustaining society and the communities in which we live.”
This year’s European Minerals Day was organized by IMA-Europe, European Cement Producers Association) and European Salt Producers Association.