The Angel of the North has been on lots of exciting adventures over the last 12 months thanks to young people across Gateshead and we have received a prize for their efforts.

 Last year to mark the Angel’s 20th birthday Gateshead’s Knit n Natter groups, who meet regularly in Gateshead Libraries, knitted a mini Angel for every primary school in Gateshead. Since then these angels have been on lots of different adventures with young people across the borough right up to the Angel celebrating it’s 21st birthday last month.

South Street Primary School were chosen to win a prize to recognise the enthusiastic and creative way they made their angel part of school life. From school trips to visiting the pupils homes, from taking part in lessons to having Christmas fun Cuthbert the Angel has had many adventures throughout the year.

Councillor Douglas, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sports and Leisure, said “We wanted to come up with a way in which everyone could get involved with celebrating the Angel’s 20th birthday. It’s fantastic that so many of our schools and young people have taken part.

“I’m delighted to be able to give South Street Community Primary School this prize as they really embraced our Angel challenge, even giving their mini version a name and it’s own blog. It’s been great to see Cuthbert getting out and about with the children and even getting up to mischief with the school’s elf in the build up to Christmas.”

Julie McGrow, Headteacher of South Street Community Primary School, said “It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate a local landmark and bring him to life experiencing adventures with out pupils.

The school were given vouchers for 30 children to visit Clip ‘n Climb, Gateshead Leisure Centre and the vouchers were presented at a special celebration assembly in the school.

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