Pier pressure mounts for pupils

Students at Kings School taking part in the Pier relay.
Students at Kings School taking part in the Pier relay.

MORE than 200 youngsters took part in a two-day relay race event in Tynemouth last week.

Pupils at the village’s King’s School kept up a tradition dating back over 20 years by running the kilometre from the haven on Tynemouth Pier to the village’s lighthouse.

The annual race marked the start of a series of events also including chess and singing competitions.

Rob Snow, director of sport at the Huntingdon Place school, said: “The pier relay is a real tradition and a fun activity for everyone.

“Even the staff field teams to encourage a sense of loyalty and community.”

No records were broken by the youngsters, aged ten to 18, or staff taking part in this year’s race.