Royal approval for pupils at celebration

Teacher Mitch Dent, headteacher Jill Burrell and teaching assistant Chris Potter with the seven pupils.

Teacher Mitch Dent, headteacher Jill Burrell and teaching assistant Chris Potter with the seven pupils.

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Youngsters from a Whitley Bay school travelled to London to join royalty in celebrating Commonwealth Day.

Seven pupils from Appletree Gardens First School took part in the celebrations at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

The students were selected for the trip by taking part in a letter writing competition, which called for entries on the 2014 theme of ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’.

The pupils took part in the celebration at the Abbey, which was attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Kofi Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations, delivered the keynote reflection and singer Ellie Goulding performed ‘Fields of Gold’.

Headteacher Jill Burrell said: “It was a great day and the children really enjoyed themselves, especially being on the front row. The whole atmosphere was brilliant and they did us proud. They were very excited as they even got to talk to the Prime Minister.”