WATCH: Emmerdale star at official opening of North Tyneside school

An award-winning soap star joined pupils, staff and VIPs for the official opening of North Tyneside's latest state-of-the-art school and nursery today.

Wednesday, 12th October 2016, 16:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 17:52 pm
Charlie Hardwick, who played Val in Emmerdale, with pupils at Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields. Picture by Jane Coltman

Charlie Hardwick, who played Val in Emmerdale, joined the Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, as she unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields.

The new new £3million school and nursery has bright and airy classrooms, a learning resource centre, multi-purpose hall with stage lighting, community room, lots of outside space and a multi-use games area.

Charlie Hardwick, who played Val in Emmerdale, with pupils at Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields. Picture by Jane Coltman

The school choir performed a special song for the occasion and there was a guided tour of the new building. Representatives of construction partner Sir Robert McAlpine, school leaders and representatives of the local authority and Learning Trust were also present.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn unveils the plaque. Picture by Jane Coltman
Charlie Hardwick, who played Val in Emmerdale, with pupils at Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields. Picture by Jane Coltman
Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn unveils the plaque. Picture by Jane Coltman