Youngsters take over town

Sydney Rogers (L) and Toby Hills (R) of Ratton School joined the jounalists at the Eastbourne Herald for Takeover Day. November 22nd 2013 E48022P
Sydney Rogers (L) and Toby Hills (R) of Ratton School joined the jounalists at the Eastbourne Herald for Takeover Day. November 22nd 2013 E48022P
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Youngsters from Ratton Academy took over the town on Friday (November 22).

Takeover Day is celebrated across the country and gives children and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making.

Children benefit from the opportunity to experience the world of work and make their voices heard, while adults and organisations gain a fresh perspective on what they do.

David Linsell, headteacher of Ratton, said, “We are delighted that our young people were involved in this event, and it was a very positive experience for them all.

“We hope this will help break down barriers between generations and encourage children’s active involvement in their communities.”

A group of nine students went to the Town Hall where they met Mayor councillor Mike Thompson (pictured bottom right) in his parlour, where issues involving young people were discussed.

One student attended the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce offices in Hyde Gardens to see how the business world really works in the town, while another two helped manager Bill Plumridge run the Arndale Centre.

A further two were visited the Herald offices in Gildredge Road, before dashing out on a story in Hampden Park accompanied by a reporter – and two were at Eastbourne Theatres.

Mr Linsell added, “Ratton is very grateful to the organisations which offered to take part with our youngsters, and of course it also gave them the chance to listen to the views of young people.

“I was especially pleased to learn that the mayor was happy to give up one hour of his time to engage with Ratton students and listen to what they believe is important in Eastbourne.’

Keith Ridley, editor-in-chief of the Herald, said he was delighted to welcome two Ratton students to the newspaper’s offices.

‘National Takeover Day is a very worthwhile project and I am pleased that the Herald was able to play its part.”