Pupils design newsletter to promote harbour

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Children from three Bridlington schools have been involved in a project to design a newsletter to promote the town’s harbour.

Pupils at Burlington Juniors, New Pasture Lane and Hilderthorpe schools were given a challenge to show their journalism skills.

WINNING ENTRY: Mike Stathers and Chris Wright with the winning newsletter by Hilderthorpe pupils.

WINNING ENTRY: Mike Stathers and Chris Wright with the winning newsletter by Hilderthorpe pupils.

They had to design and write stories for a newsletter outlining attractions around the area, life as a fisherman and the history of the harbour.

The winning team were Abigail, TJ, Jake, Edward and Benson from Hilderthorpe School and their Harbour Helpers entry will now be professionally printed and distributed through the harbour office, Bridlington Library and the tourist information centre.

Chris Wright, chairman of Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, helped to judge the competition, alongside former Yorkshire Post journalist Mike Stathers and John Edwards from the Free Press.

Around 120 children took part in the competition, after they had been given a talk by Mr Wright about the important role the harbour plays in the life of their home town.

This is the second year of the Commissioners’ schools programme. Last year, pupils from Hilderthorpe took part in the inaugural event, which challenged them to write a poem or draw a picture after a visit to the harbour to see demonstrations of knot-making, how traditional tools were used and even how to handle live crabs.

Mr Wright said: “The idea is to give young people in Bridlington a better understanding of the work that goes on in and around the harbour.

“Around 400 people earn their living here. It’s important that our youngsters today recognise the important role the harbour plays in terms of employment, revenue and tourism and these fun-themed activities are helping us to get the message across”.

Runners-up spots went to Louise, Lauren, Charlie, Louie, Bethany and Leah from Burlington Juniors and Eliza and Summer from New Pasture Lane School.

Mr Wright “We were very impressed with the high standard of entries.

“The information the children had managed to absorb was tremendous.

“It was very hard to make a decision but the winner is an excellent piece of promotional material.”