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Seaham schoolchildren among those to enjoy road safety magic show

Oct 16, 2023 | Leisure & Lifestyle

A fun magic show with a serious road safety message has been enjoyed by more than 1,000 County Durham school children.

Allan’s Road Safety Magic Show toured 10 of the county’s primary schools in one week, performing to audiences of pupils from reception and years 1 and 2.

The shows, which relay important road safety messages in an entertaining and interactive way, are commissioned by Durham County Council.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, the council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “The shows cover a range of topics including stop, look and listen, safer places to cross, and how to use different types of light controlled crossings. There are tricks, jokes and even some catchy songs!

“It’s a great way of getting road safety messages across to the children and they get to enjoy a fun and memorable experience along the way. Our hope is that these important lessons will sink in and stick in their minds as they have the potential to save lives.

“We time these shows to run a short time before the clocks go back as they also support our ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ message aimed at primary school children.”

The schools that took part in the magic shows this year were:

  • Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School, Belmont
  • Durham Gilesgate Primary School, Gilesgate
  • Benfieldside Primary School, Blackhill
  • Ropery Walk Primary School, Seaham
  • Stanley Burnside Primary School, Stanley
  • South Stanley Infant School, Stanley
  • Shield Row Primary School, Stanley
  • St Andrew’s Primary School, Bishop Auckland
  • St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, Seaham
  • Woodhouse Community Primary School, Bishop Auckland

More than 3,000 pupils from schools across the county have enjoyed the show since the tours started in 2019.