Children have reel good time drawing on past

Lewis Rimington from Isos (centre) with children from Richardson Dees Primary who designed artwork for the new Diamond House flats in Wallsend. (L-R) Bethan Smith, Casey Mead-Clark, Jack Patterson and Liam Falcus.
Lewis Rimington from Isos (centre) with children from Richardson Dees Primary who designed artwork for the new Diamond House flats in Wallsend. (L-R) Bethan Smith, Casey Mead-Clark, Jack Patterson and Liam Falcus.

Artistic youngsters have had their work put on display at a housing complex in Wallsend.

Pupils at Richardson Dees Primary School were asked by social landlord Isos Housing to design and make artwork to display in the foyer and corridors of their new £2.8m Diamond House flats on the site of the old Borough Theatre on High Street East.

And they were also asked to perform at an event to mark the opening of the flats.

Local artists Neil Canavan, Sue Woolhouse and Claire Murphy Morgan worked with the children in Year 3 and 4 to produce the work which linked with the site’s history as a theatre and cinema.

The youngsters designed some imaginative and colourful ideas for a sculpture in the shape of a reel of film which snakes around the entrance foyer, as well as creating door numbers for each flat in the building.

Wayne Myers, deputy headteacher at Richardson Dees, said: “I know the children have enjoyed this project immensely.

“Thank you to Isos for involving us – it’s been a fantastic experience.”

Jackie Axelby, chair of Isos, said: “Wallsend is going through a period of regeneration and we’re proud that Isos has been chosen to be part of that process.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn sid of the project: “I appreciate the level of partnership working here, and hope it will continue, because this kind of project is much needed in Wallsend.”