Santa gets on his bike to meet pupils

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SANTA Claus chose a different mode of transport as he helped official open a new facility at a primary school.

Pupils at Battle Hill Primary School were delighted when Santa dropped in last Friday to officially open the school’s new bike shed.

Before his arrival, the youngsters ‘blinged’ their bikes and got their fancy dress outfits ready for a celebratory parade.

They also cooked up some festive treats and made invitation for their special guests including parents, guardians, school governors and the man himself, Santa.

The day ended with a trip to the school’s Christmas fair.

Headteacher Kevin Archer said: “We are pleased to have the bike shed back and look forward to seeing the children again riding their bikes to school and getting fresh air.

“The children have put in a lot of hard work decorating the bike shed ready for the opening and have come up with lots of ideas.

“I think it will encourage the children to come to school on their bikes knowing that there is somewhere secure they can leave them while they are at school.”

Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “As a council, we are working with our partners to promote the benefits of cycling, walking or taking public transport to school and doing so 

“Not only does this help to keep young people fit and healthy, but it also helps to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint.

“I am delighted that the pupils and staff of Battle Hill Primary will be able to cycle to school now that they have somewhere to store their bikes.”