Pupils to take to the airwaves

WE LOVE THE MAIL: Wayne Allen with youngsters from Stranton Primary School
WE LOVE THE MAIL: Wayne Allen with youngsters from Stranton Primary School

PUPILS are set to be the stars of the airwaves after enjoying a morning of fun with a popular radio personality.

The youngsters at Stranton Primary School, in Hartlepool, swapped the classroom for the microphones when TFM Radio presenter Wayne Allen dropped in yesterday.

The school, in Hartlepool’s Southburn Terrace was chosen as the station’s school of the week.

Wayne, who hosts the station’s breakfast show, Wake Up With Wayne and also writes a popular weekly column in the Hartlepool Mail, had the excited children on their feet in the school hall as they took part in a number of quirky games and activities.

They then got the chance to do their own recording and will feature on the station next week.

Wayne said: “We are part of a local station and present a local show so we do like to get out and about in the community.

“This is one of the best parts of our job and we try our best to make it as entertaining as possible.

“While it’s all good fun we also try to reinforce a number of values to the children and a lot of the games we play require them to work as a team and support each other.

“The kids absolutely love it, they really do enjoy it.”

Wayne was joined at Stranton Primary School, in Southburn Terrace, by fellow breakfast team member Amy McConnell and presenter of afternoon show, Anthony Collins.

After waking at 4am, the breakfast team presented their show at the TFM Radio studio from 6am-10am and then headed straight for Hartlepool.

Wayne added: “Every Thursday we go to a different school.

“It’s nice to spend time with the children and they will feature on the breakfast show and Anthony’s show next week.

“This is probably something they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Neil Nottingham, headteacher at Stranton Primary School, said: “We were extremely pleased when we found out the team was interested in coming to our school.

“It was a really good experience for them, the children really did enjoy it.

“It was good fun and the children got the chance to hear themselves on the radio next week.

“We will all be listening out for that.”