Chinese creations in new year parade

Children at Mary Swanwick Primary School work on their Chinese dragon
Children at Mary Swanwick Primary School work on their Chinese dragon
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Pupils at a north Derbyshire primary school have been busy using their artistic talents to create the focal point to a town centre parade.

Children at Mary Swanwick Primary School, in Old Whittington, near Chesterfield, have designed and made two colourful dragons to help celebrate Chinese New Year.

The dragons will be the main attraction in a parade through Chesterfield town centre as part of the new year celebrations this Thursday, February 19.

Pupils put lots of effort into working on their paper mache creations through their lunch times at school and are now looking forward to entertaining shoppers later this week and showing off their creations.

The project is one of several school and community schemes suggested by Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, in the town centre, to the local primary school.

Amanda Thomas, from Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, said the dragon making was not the first time youngsters from the primary school had work go on show to the public.

She said: “The pupils at Mary Swanwick school have been involved in several artistic projects which have been displayed at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre in the past, including making bunting, Christmas decorations and recycling projects.

“They are always enthusiastic and produce some fantastic work, which the public then get a chance to see at Vicar Lane.”

Children are now eagerly waiting for the parade day to arrive.

Teacher assistant Claire Rumsey, from the school, said: “As always, we are delighted to be involved in a Vicar Lane event.

“The children are eagerly anticipating their work being on display for the public.”

Mary Swanwick Primary headteacher Jo Nunn said she was extremely proud of the hard work the children had put in.

She said: “Claire and the children have given up many lunch times to create their dragons.

“I’m delighted and very proud of their efforts.”

The youngsters will be parading the dragons down Steeplegate and Vicar Lane at around 11am this Thursday, February 19.

Visitors and shoppers are encouraged to join in the parade and cheer them on.