Brierley Hill pupils net Blue Peter appearance

PUPILS from Withymoor Primary School, Brierley Hill, proved to be in the right place at the right time to feature on popular children's television programme Blue Peter.

Six lucky children were selected to take part in the River and Canal Trust's 'Fish Rescue' project - as the school is situated close to the Tenth Lock canal basin on Delph Road.

Deputy Head Rebecca Tong said: "We were chosen by the River and Canal Trust as we were the closest school to the canal basin. It was a real stroke of luck. Our head, Gill Harper just happened to be in the office when the Trust rang up and snapped up their offer - otherwise they would have gone to another school."

The children got to meet Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell and interacted with the film crew and production team. It gave them a real insight into how a TV programme was made.

They were able to measure, weigh and identify fish that had been electronically stunned.

Mrs Tong added: "We had to make sure the children we selected didn't mind handling fish. I think some of them were initially a bit star-struck, but they were really enthusiastic. They all received a Blue Peter badge and goodies from the River and Canal Trust."

The programme will air next month and the school will be placing a link on its website for parents to watch.

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