Pupils were flying high for jubilee treat

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A TRIP out of the classroom and 30,000ft into the air proved a real high for this group of schoolchildren.

Pupils from Dame Dorothy Primary School in Monkwearmouth got a rare treat when they took off in a plane to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee year.

The excited youngsters even started chanting “Sunderland” when the pilot pointed out their home city thousands of feet below.

The pupils from the Dock Street school were among 100 children from across the North East who boarded special flight LS2012.

The young passengers were given a sightseeing tour as they flew above some region’s most famous landmarks, including the Sunderland coast.

The flight departed south towards County Durham before routing east and turning north up the Wearside coast.

Iain Williamson, headteacher at the school, said: “We all had a fantastic day. The children loved every minute.

“A lot of them had never been on a plane before so even just the experience of going through check-out was an exciting one.

“There was a lot of cloud cover on the day but the pilot did keep telling us where we were flying over. It really was a wonderful experience.”

Dave Laws, Newcastle Airport’s chief executive, said: “We wanted to celebrate the Jubilee by offering this exclusive flight to and we’re delighted that our airline partner Jet2.com has joined us in making this happen.

“We wanted to provide a positive experience for everyone involved to make the day a truly memorable occasion, and the team worked closely with the local councils to identify groups from each area.

Philip Meeson, chief executive of Jet2.com, said: “It’s easy to take flying for granted, but today was all about giving the kids a great experience in this special year. We wanted to give the kids a treat.”

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