Pupils turn tables on political figures in Hartlepool

Children of all ages joined in the Youth Parliament debate at Hartlepool Council Chambers on Friday, as part of Takeover Day. Steated l-r front are Coun. Jim Ainsley, Dave Stubbs Chuef Exec Hartlepool Borough Council, Barry Coppinger Cleveland Crime Commissioner, Louise Wallace Director of Public Health, The Mayor of Hartlepool Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher. Darren Hankey Principle og Hartlepool College andCoun. Alan Clark.
Children of all ages joined in the Youth Parliament debate at Hartlepool Council Chambers on Friday, as part of Takeover Day. Steated l-r front are Coun. Jim Ainsley, Dave Stubbs Chuef Exec Hartlepool Borough Council, Barry Coppinger Cleveland Crime Commissioner, Louise Wallace Director of Public Health, The Mayor of Hartlepool Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher. Darren Hankey Principle og Hartlepool College andCoun. Alan Clark.

PUPILS turned the tables on political figures when they got to shadow those in important town roles.

Youngsters in Hartlepool spent a day having a say on how major local organisations are run.

More than 50 pupils took part in The Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day.

The youngsters made their voices heard and gained first-hand experience of the world of work.

Key town figures being shadowed by the children included Hartlepool’s ceremonial mayor, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, at Hartlepool Police Station, and Darren Hankey, principal of Hartlepool College of Further Education.

The youngsters were introduced to their council contacts at the Civic Centre before shadowing them at various locations.

They also worked with adults at all the town’s secondary schools and colleges, including Eldon Grove, Grange, Jesmond Gardens, Rift House, Sacred Heart and West View primary schools.