PUPILS dug deep as they spruced up their school and paid tribute to the fallen.
With help from members of Hetton Green Watch youngsters from Easington Lane Primary set about planting flowers outside the gates of the school.
The event was attended by members of Hetton Town Council, including Hetton Mayor Tony Wilkinson and councillor James Blackburn.
The flowers will help to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the breakout of the First World War.
Northumbria Police assisted the children in planting up the new beds, and were delighted by the response of the children.
Carrie Stokoe, environment enforcement officer for the Coalfields area helped to arrange the dig, with the plants supplied by Penshaw Tea Rooms.
Hetton Green Watch also donated two standard rose trees which complimented the plants chosen by the children, in appreciation for pupils’ efforts in the project.
It is now hoped that the entrance to the school will become more inviting to visitors.
Hetton Green Watch member Pat Robson said: “It was a great pleasure to assist the pupils in this endeavour.
“Their careful choice of plants and colours ensured an eye-catching display, which the community can take pleasure in and to help everyone remember the sacrifices made by so many brave men, especially those who lost their lives, during the First World War conflict.
“Everyone who took part in the project are to be commended for their efforts, and parents of the pupils should feel very proud that their children have, indeed, shown that they love where they live.”