Young and old in harmony

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BRIDGING the gap between two generations has earned a Fleetwood school a top prize.

Children from Charles Saer Primary School won the Wyre Senior Challenge, having fought of competition from 22 other schools to clinch first prize.

Organised by Wyre Senior Forum to mark National Old People’s day in October, schools were invited to work on a project with elderly people in their community.

Having already spent an abundance of time with residents at Wansbeck House in Chatsworth Avenue, the children decided to delve into the past and interview their elderly friends about the history of Fleetwood.

Armed with iPads and a set of questions, the youngsters filmed interviews with the residents to find out about what life was like in years gone by.

Julie Cameron, behaviour support co-ordinator at the school said: “We already go to Wansbeck on a weekly basis to visit residents as part of an intergenerational project we are part of.

“We were up against 22 other primary and high schools and were judged on the day we did the interviews. The children asked them about the war and about the floods in Fleetwood. One resident told them about how she began working at the age of 13. It was a good experience all round and we are absolutely thrilled to have won.”

The school won £150 which they have decided to use to treat the residents to a hot pot lunch and cakes in December. The school choir will also perform there on the same day.