Mini Rangers on the prowl

The Advertiser Series: Pupils from Northwood Primary School with Darlington Rangers as part of a the first initiative with Darlington primary schools to get the kids to learn about what the town centre rangers do. Pupils from Northwood Primary School with Darlington Rangers as part of a the first initiative with Darlington primary schools to get the kids to learn about what the town centre rangers do.

A TEAM of tiny trouble-shooters is taking to the streets of Darlington next week as part of an ongoing environmental initiative.

From May 12 to the 22, around ten youngsters from schools across the borough will join a five-strong team of town centre rangers every day, patrolling the streets and meeting shoppers and traders.

The rangers were introduced by the Business Improvement District, Distinct Darlington, which was formed to promote business in the town centre and encourage a clean, safe and welcoming town centre.

Along with joining the rangers on patrol, the junior rangers will have the chance to use radio communications, visit a CCTV centre and meet the police to find out more about their work in the town centre.

The pupils - aged between seven and nine - will also learn about the environmental issues facing the town centre and be given the opportunity to offer their ideas on future improvements.

As a memento of their time with the Distinct Darlington rangers, each child will be given a certificate and photograph certifying them as honorary members of the ranger team.

Distinct Darlington manager Alex Hirst said the event follows from the first Junior Rangers scheme, which proved a hit in September.

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