Ghostly Christmas treat for pupils

14th december 2011'Charles Dickens Walk - Three Lane Ends School Methley Road Castleford'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
14th december 2011'Charles Dickens Walk - Three Lane Ends School Methley Road Castleford'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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FESTIVE pupils from Castleford’s Three Lane Ends Community Primary School donned Victorian costume when they walked to school dressed as characters from Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.

The youngsters were led by the author – played by performing arts company director David-Eliot Cooper – on the walk to school on Friday, which was followed by a special assembly.

The pupils – who studied the Victorians and performed their own play about Ebenezer Scrooge – learned about the Christmas Carol story during the assembly.

Katie Greatorex, assistant headteacher, said: “All the children thoroughly enjoyed the morning.

“There were more than 100 people who took part in the walk in a variety of different costumes.

“Some people came in Victorian dress but it is quite hard to find a Victorian costume so others came dressed as general Christmas things.

“The whole idea behind the walk was to encourage children to exercise before school and round off our Victorian topic.”

The walk was part of Wakefield Council’s park and stride initiative which aims to relieve traffic congestion and encourage healthier lifestyles.