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Pupils get political on town hall trip

LESSONS IN DEMOCRACY ... the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, at South Shields Town Hall with representatives from Harton Primary Schools School Council during a recent tour of the

LESSONS IN DEMOCRACY ... the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, at South Shields Town Hall with representatives from Harton Primary Schools School Council during a recent tour of the

YOUNGSTERS from a school pupils’ council were given a taste of local politics during a trip to South Shields Town Hall.

Pupils from Harton Primary School, South Shields, were taken on a tour of the historic building by the Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley.

During their visit, the youngsters, from Years One to Six, were given the chance to quiz the pair on their roles as well as get Coun Gibson’s views on local politics.

Mrs Gillian Napier, Year 5 Class teacher and PSE citizenship co-ordinator at Harton Primary School, said: “The young people found the visit to the Town Hall really fascinating and the Mayor and Mayoress couldn’t have been any more accommodating.

“It was a useful visit that taught the representatives from the school council a great deal about citizenship. They will now be reporting back what they have learned to the rest of the school.”

The pupils were all given the chance to sign the visitors’ book, which over the years has collected signatures from distinguished guests including the Princess of Wales and Her Majesty the Queen.

Coun Gibson said: “I was impressed with the young people’s knowledge of local democracy and their drive to ask questions about the place in which they live.

“They wanted to know about the heritage of the Town Hall, when the building stopped using coal fires and when women were first elected as council members.

“It was a pleasure to show them around. I hope they have some useful information to discuss with their classmates.”

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