Pupils plant bulbs to brighten up seafront

bulb bonanza: Deputy Mayor of Sunderland Coun Barry Curran and Coun Julia Jackson from St Peters Ward pictured with children.

bulb bonanza: Deputy Mayor of Sunderland Coun Barry Curran and Coun Julia Jackson from St Peters Ward pictured with children.

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ROKER seafront will burst into colour this spring after green-fingered youngsters helped plant hundreds of bulbs.

Pupils from Dame Dorothy Primary School placed the spring bulbs in the newly-created planting schemes along Marine Walk.

The visit was arranged Sunderland Seafront Traders’ Association chairman Tom Parkin, while Sunderland City Council provided the bulbs and helped with the planting.

Tom, who runs Sue’s Cafe, said: “We’ve seen some fantastic improvements down here in the last few years and I’m really keen to see local schools, community groups and businesses getting involved in helping look after the seafront.

“Local people have got a real sense of pride in the seafront and are keen to get involved.”

Cabinet secretary Mel Speding said: “We’ve been delighted by the reaction we’ve had from local people to the work we’ve done along the seafront.

“Some of the developments like the plans for the pier, the fantastic whale mural at the play area and the planting scheme really seem to have captured people’s imagination. It’s great to see local businesses and schoolchildren taking such a pride in their area and getting involved.”

Dame Dorothy headteacher Iain Williamson added: “We are delighted to be part of this initiative to give our children the chance to make a difference to their surrounding area.

“We believe our role at Dame Dorothy is not just to make outstanding academic progress for our young people but to encourage and guide them into becoming outstanding citizens.”