YOUNGSTERS have been left devastated after heartless yobs trashed their plans for an end-of-term Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Excited children at Stranton Primary School, in Hartlepool, have been learning about the Queen and have been busy making red, white and blue bunting and other jubilee-related items for this weekend’s celebrations.
A stage had been erected in the school grounds to give the children the chance to perform a creative show for their parents today before they break up for their half-term holiday.
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But the school, in Southburn Terrace, now faces a race against time to rebuild the stage after teenagers jumped over the school fence on Wednesday night and damaged the canopy and supporting structures.
Headteacher Neil Nottingham said: “I was told about the damage on Wednesday evening. Apparently five teenagers were sitting on top of the canopy and treating it like a trampoline when they were disturbed by our site supervisor.
“They ran off before the police were called.
“It is very frustrating and the children were very upset when they saw the damage yesterday morning. They had worked hard to make the decorations, and were looking forward to putting on a musical performance for their parents to mark the Jubilee and the end of term.”
Parents were also upset when they saw the damage after dropping their youngsters off yesterday.
Some have rallied around to see if they can help out by getting the stage fixed in time for the scheduled performance this afternoon.
Tracy Bone, 37, from the Stranton area, has children Lewis, five, and three-year-old Aimee in the early years classes at the school.
She said: “All the kids were so excited about the Jubilee. They have put so much work into it and it was heartbreaking for them to see the stage had been trashed.
“I think the people who have done this are scumbags.”
Mr Nottingham said: “It would be lovely if we could get the stage repaired in time for the show. But it will be a bit of a race against time for us.
“Hopefully some of our parents can come to the rescue.”