Pupils war time-themed walk to school

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Attention! Primary school pupils put their best foot forward when they took part in a special world-war walk to school.

 Pupils from Deaf Hill Primary School in Trimdon Colliery were put through their paces on the way to school with the help of a special recruit.

 Amber Brown, eight, won a Mega Motion competition to decide on the theme and chose a wartime wander for her and her classmates.

 Amber and her fellow pupils were then joined on their walk by their very own Second World War soldier, who provided a military escort for the pupils as they walked, cycled and scooted to school.

 Once there, the pupils enjoyed a special assembly, highlighting the benefits of being active for 60 minutes every day.

 They were also told about healthy and environmentally friendly ways of getting to school.

 The special day was the latest Durham County Council Mega Motion event, which comes under the wider Local Motion campaign.

 The campaign was set up by the council to help promote sustainable transport throughout south Durham.

 Its aim is to encourage children to leave the car at home and find a more environmetally friendly way to get to school. This can include walking, scooter or bike riding to make them aware of the health and environmental benefits from an early age.

 As well as the fun walks centred around this year’s theme of Heroes and Villains, pupils earn points every time they use sustainable travel to get to school, aiming to collect enough points to become Mega heroes by the end of the year.

 Councillor Neil Foster, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Mega Motion is a brilliant scheme, helping our children to stay healthy and teaching them all about environmentally friendly ways of travel from a young age.

 “It’s great to see the children enjoying such a memorable day and we’d like to wish them all good luck in their quest to become Mega Heroes.”