School Pupils's Scarf at Downing Street

Children from a school in North Wales have been visiting Downing Street today with a 20 metre long football scarf!

The pupils from Pen-Y-Bryn School in Colwyn Bay made the scarf to celebrate the world cup being in South Africa - it's part of the 1Goal campaign to get kids in some of the world's poorest areas into education.

They were accompanied to Downing Street by the Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan and Welsh Office Minister David Jones.

Mrs Gillan said:  “I was delighted to be able to accompany Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn pupils to Downing Street to hand over their beautifully made scarf.  The whole school have been involved in highlighting this very important campaign and they can all be extremely proud of their efforts.

“Education opens the door to a wide range of opportunities and through this campaign, these young people have learnt a valuable lesson that many children across the World are not as fortunate as themselves and do not have the opportunities they do.   I’m sure they will have great memories from their day out in Whitehall.”

Taking a Tour of Parliament

Following their visit to Downing Street, the pupils returned to Gwydyr House where they visited the Minister’s office before paying a visit to Parliament.

Mr Jones said:  “Pupils at Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn have been working hard raising the profile of this worthwhile campaign.  That is why I invited them to the Wales Office in London and wanted to join them when they delivered their scarf to Downing Street.  I’m sure they have enjoyed their day out and will take back lasting memories to North Wales to share with the other pupils at the school.”

Mrs Tabitha Sawyer, a teacher at Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn, said:  “Ysgol Pen-Y-Bryn are extremely proud of their pupils for acting locally and thinking globally.  They are also very appreciative of the Secretary of State and Minister arranging this to allow the children to deliver their message directly to a World leader’s door.”