Young people take over at the council

Matthew Sample spent time with council chief executive Patrick Melia.
Matthew Sample spent time with council chief executive Patrick Melia.

Youngsters took over the reins at North Tyneside Council for the day.

More than 100 pupils from five secondary schools found out what it was like to work at the authority.

The annual Takeover Day offers children across the country the chance to work alongside adults and get involved in decision-making in a wide range of organisations.

And from developing new school lunch menus, getting their feet wet poolside at leisure centres, organising activities with the events team and looking at ways to make the council more youth-friendly, young people were kept busy.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people, to have a say on and learn about services which affect them, as well as finding out about all the other work the council does.

“I really looking forward to having one join me today and help me to present certificates to some other young people.”