Newton Aycliffe school children enjoy historic walk to school

The Advertiser Series: Anna Shorten with Dave Eliot Cooper as the knight Sir Walkalot and Rob Temple as his squire, both from Histrionics drama company. Anna Shorten with Dave Eliot Cooper as the knight Sir Walkalot and Rob Temple as his squire, both from Histrionics drama company.

SCHOOLCHILDREN were transported back to the days of gallant knights and faithful squires on their journey to school.

Sir Walkalot led youngsters to St Joseph’s Primary School in Newton Aycliffe as part of Mega Motion, a scheme that encourages children and parents to ditch the car in favour of a more active school run.

Each month, children are asked to come up with an exciting theme for their walk to school and this time it was nine-year-old Anna Shorten who came up with the most imaginative suggestion.

The campaign is part of Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council’s Local Motion project, which promotes sustainable transport.

Youngsters earn points each time they travel to school by foot, bicycle or scooter and move a step closer to becoming a Mega Hero.

Councillor Neil Foster, Cabinet member for economic regeneration at Durham County Council, said: “Mega Motion is a brilliant scheme, helping our children to stay healthy and teaching them all about environmentally friendly ways of travel from a young age.

“It’s great to see the kids enjoy such a memorable day and we’d like to wish them all good luck in their quest to become megaheroes.”

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