PUPILS from an East Cleveland Primary School got the chance to see their artwork close-up when visiting the Riverside.
For the first time since a mural depicting NHS, key workers and Captain Tom Moore was created, pupils and teachers from Skelton Primary school got to see their artwork displayed in the stadium grounds.
When talking to Assistant Head of the primary school, Andy Woolf, he stressed to us how important this project had been for the children during the first lockdown last year: “Most of the kids involved had parents who were key workers, so we wanted an activity that they could do to take their minds off their parents working in the hospitals.”
The project involved students from all years, nursery, right up into Year 6. Some of them were so young when they created the mural that they have no memories of even doing it, so them seeing the mural up close was a special moment.
We had been working closely with Skelton Primary School during the first lockdown, helping to distribute free school meals to the students, so it felt natural working together to create the memorial for Captain Tom and everyone else who for one reason or another, grabbed the attention of the young people.
“The first lockdown was filled with a lot of uncertainty for everyone, including children,” Andy Woolf explained. “We knew it was going to be a major historical moment that we would look back on in years to come, so we wanted to mark it.”
The mural is on display in the Generation Red Family Zone of the Riverside.