Flood-hit school’s fair now a fundraiser

The flooding on June 28 which left parts of Langley First School, in Whitley Bay, under water; damaging equipment and school work,
The flooding on June 28 which left parts of Langley First School, in Whitley Bay, under water; damaging equipment and school work,
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A SCHOOL community is pulling together to replace equipment and work lost in last month’s floods.

Hundreds of pounds worth of damage was caused to Langley First School in Monkseaton, and adjoining Woodlawn School, when flood water flowed into the premises on June 28.

Now parents, staff, governors and pupils are pulling together to help the school – which has closed for repairs – be ready for re-opening in September.

And the students were left heartbroken when their school fair, planned for June 29, was cancelled.

But thanks to the help of Whitley Bay Rockcliff RFC, the fair will now take place this weekend – and will be part of the fundraising activities to help replace lost equipment.

The fair on Saturday will be opened by Metro and Magic Radio presenter Anna Foster, and will take place from 11am to 3pm at the rugby club in Lovaine Avenue, Whitley Bay.

While teachers finish off the school year in alternative accommodation, the parents’ group Friends of Langley have been putting a range of fundraising activities in place.

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 will take part in a sponsored ‘welly walk’ on Sunday between St Mary’s Lighthouse and Tynemouth while there will also be bag packs.

Headteacher Tim Jones said: “The last few weeks have been incredibly hard for the children, their parents and teachers.

“It was heartbreaking to see our beloved school underwater and much of the children’s hard work being swept away.

“However, we have all been truly moved by the level of support we have received from parents, nearby schools and the local community as a whole.

“From the moment the word got around that the school was in trouble we were inundated with people coming to help and trying to salvage what they could.

“Our summer fair is a great way to say thank you and we would like to invite everyone along.”

n Tynemouth Pool is due to reopen this weekend.

Although the dry facilities have been operating as normal, the pools have been closed since the flood when mechanical plant areas were affected by flood water.

The pools will reopen to the public on Saturday, July 21, at 8.30am. Customers have been thanked for their patience.