YOUNGSTERS were given the chance to take over the reins at North Tyneside Council for a day.
Thirteen children aged ten to 16 were given control of the authority as part of annual Takeover Day.
They took on various roles at the borough’s sports centres and the council’s Quadrant headquarters in North Shields for the event, run by national children’s commissioner Maggie Atkinson.
Mary Henry, a pupil at Whitley Bay’s Marden Bridge Middle School, was involved in the event again this year, after spending the day at the Lakeside Centre in Killingworth last year.
This time round, the ten-year-old was at Tynemouth Pool.
She said: “Before, I thought it was just a case of taking money off people and letting them swim, but now I know there’s more to it than that.
“You’ve got the lifeguards, cleaners, swimming teachers, receptionists and people who check the water.
“There’ll be lots going on, and it’s fun helping everyone.
“It’s a good idea to let us do work out of the school as it lets us think about what we’d like to do when we’re older.”