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VIDEO: Kids go to town on hall replica

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An iconic South Tyneside building has been recreated by pupils in the comfort of their classroom

Youngsters at Westoe Crown Primary have put their design and building skills to the test to replicate South Shields Town Hall.

The idea came from pupils after lessons researching the North East’s most famous landmarks.

And the replica was even opened by a very special guest when the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, dropped into the school to inspect the cardboard creation.

Teacher Laura Scott said: “Our topic was the North East and we decided we wanted to have a role play area in the classroom, and the pupils chose to have a landmark from South Tyneside.

“One of the children suggested South Shields Town Hall and after taking it to a class vote, it was decided the town hall was the winner.

“It is a vehicle for their writing and fuels their imagination, creativity and social skills. They 
have had great fun designing and making the town hall, and everything you see has been down to the children.”

The town hall replica features images of the youngsters dressed as councillors, the fireplace within the Mayor’s parlour, the clock tower and even a visitors’ book which the Mayor took the time out to sign during his visit to the school, based in Seawinnings Way, Westoe Crown Village, South Shields.

The event was also marked with a plaque affixed onto the wall of the Town Hall model.

Coun Gibson said: “I’m honoured to have been invited along to the school to officially open the town hall for the pupils. I’m very impressed with not only the building itself, but the attention to detail.

“The pupils have really done their homework as they have our emblem and the lifeboat on the top of the clock tower and they have even highlighted my charities that myself and the Mayoress Patricia Ridley are supporting this year.

“It has been an privilege to come down and see the young people who have done this.”

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