New playground at Sheffield primary named after retiring politician

Meg Munn MP officially opens the new playground at Arbourthorne Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe
Meg Munn MP officially opens the new playground at Arbourthorne Primary School. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A new playground at a Sheffield primary school has been dedicated to a retiring politician.

Meg Munn officially opened the playground at Abourthorne Primary School in her final constituency visit as an MP.

The long-standing MP, who has represented Sheffield Heeley for 14 years, has decided not to stand at next month’s General Election.

In recognition of her hard work, the school decided the playground would be named after Ms Munn.

She unveiled a plaque on the equipment before children released balloons in celebration.

Vanessa Langley, executive headteacher of the school on Edenhall Road, Arbourthorne, said: “I would like to say an enormous thanks to Meg on behalf of our whole school community for everything she has done for us for a significant number of years.

“When I needed Meg most she was there to guide, to fight for what we knew was right for the children and community of Arbourthorne and to hold hands and hearts.

“I cannot think of anything better than to keep Meg’s special qualities close than by naming the playground after her – a place of fun, laughter, friendship and creativity, a place of problem solving and bravery.”

Ms Munn chose a Maori saying she saw on a board outside a school in New Zealand for the plaque – The eyes of the children are the visions of the future.

She said: “When I was first elected, the school was housed in a broken-down building, it’s now a beautiful school which provides an education second to none.

“I have enjoyed the close contact with the school over the years and am surprised and honoured they have chosen to do this.

“It is a wonderful playground and I cannot think of anything nicer than to have a playground named after me.

“It was a lovely event and I will treasure the memories from the day.”