Pupils in Skegness improvements bid

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THE bright young sparks at a local primary school have put their thinking caps on to suggest ideas that may help improve Skegness.

St Helena’s Primary School in Willoughby recently asked its year five and six classes to write letters as part of their literary work.

And the subject for their efforts took the shape of letters to Skegness mayor Steve Kirk, about ways that the coastal town could work to provide even better facilities for locals and tourists alike.

And their ideas have been suitably creative, ranging from simple suggestions to ambitious projects.

Ideas in the letters include everything from huge waterparks and five-star hotel spas to simpler suggestions such as horse-riding on the beach, the creation of a Primark store and bike shops.

Other suggestions include quad-bike tracks, outdoor bungee jumping facilities, ice rinks and volleyball centres.

Skegness mayor Steve Kirk said he was delighted to see the children taking their project so seriously.

“There are some excellent ideas and they are well thought out,” he said.

“The fact the school is using its literary lessons not only to improve writing skills but also to help the local community is a brilliant idea, and whoever thought of it deserves congratulations.

“There are some suggesstions in the letters that people in the area will already be familiar with, and some which would probably be impossible, but some of the simpler suggestions are lovely ideas - such as beach horse-riding, which is very popular elsewhere and relatively easy to achieve.

“I’ll be writing back to the school on official Skegness Mayor headed paper to thank them for their interest,” he added.

St. Helena’s Primary School headteacher, Sue Belton is delighted with the response to the letters.

“The pupils had some fantastic ideas. I wasn’t originally going to send them to the mayor, but after they were written I decided that they deserved an audience.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the mayor will be looking into the suggestions,” she added.

The letters were part of a wider geography and literary project looking into coastal settlements. The school is also working towards a UNICEF accreditation aimed at giving a voice to children.