Kids learn democracy

Garstang kids in democracy lessons''Tony sorting
Garstang kids in democracy lessons''Tony sorting

YOUNG people from Garstang’s three primary schools have been learning lessons in demcracy courtesy of three town councillors.

Town mayor Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins, deputy mayor Sandra Perkins and Coun Lynn Harter visited Garstang Community Primary, St Thomas CE and SS Mary and St Michaels to take part in question and answer sessions, with the three councillors listening to the pupils’ views.

Coun Harter said: “It was thought that we could begin to involve the young people by actively “listening” to their questions and their thoughts on what should or should not happen in the town.

“We met all children on each of the three schools’ councils and answered a variety of questions such as “How you become a mayor, how old do you have to be and is the chain made of gold!”

The youngsters also told the councillors some of their concerns, voicing particular worries about road safety, recycling and litter.

Later in the day the children were invited back to the council offices where they had a tour of the building, learned about the role of the town clerk from Mrs Edwina Parry, and sat in the mayoral chair while the councillors served refreshments.

Coun Harter said: “I thought it was an absolutely wonderful day, and the children were so eloquent and enthusiastic.

“I would like this to become an annual event as feel it is so important to listen and learn from our young people no matter how young!’’