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News: Photo Opportunity - Craig Brown Supports Road Safety Campaign At St. Ignatius Primary School In Preston On 2nd April At 2.30pm

Tuesday, 30th March 2004
(PR 1210)

PRESTON North End manager Craig Brown will be pitching in with Lancashire County Council to promote road safety to primary school children this week.

He will be visiting St. Ignatius Primary School in Preston on 2nd April at 2.30pm to watch the road safety drama 'Cat Ninelives In Deepest Trubble' aimed at 6-11year olds.

The play is part of Lancashire County Council Road Safety Group's current campaign to teach local primary school children about road safety in a fun way.

The production revolves around 'Catrina Ninelives' who ends up in the banishment land of 'Deepest Trubble' after an accident on her new micro-scooter. Using music, larger than life characters and adventure, the show aims to promote awareness of the road environment to a high-risk target audience.

The performance encourages children to use 'common sense' when out on the County's roads. Youngsters will be reminded to stay safe on the roads by being alert and through safety measures such as wearing a cycle helmet when riding a bike.

Copies of the 'Highway code for young road users' signed by Mr Brown will be given to the pupils to remind them to stay safe on the county's roads.

County Councillor Jean Yates, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation explained:

"We are committed to helping people travel easily and safely on the County's roads. The link with Preston North End provides an ideal opportunity to access the local community and raise awareness of road safety messages to a key target group - young active people.

"As children become more independent, road safety education is important to keep them safe on the roads."

Preston North End spokesman Mark Simpson said:

"We are delighted to support the work of Lancashire County Council's Road Safety Group. Through working in partnership we can raise awareness of road safety issues in the heart of the local community."

In 2002, 61 children aged 6-11 were killed and seriously injured in Lancashire with 300 slight injuries in this age group across the county.

Teachers will receive a brochure outlining the Road Safety Group's services to enable them to reinforce the performance's messages in the classroom.

For more information about the production and the work of the Road Safety Group see www.lancashireroadsafety.co.uk

Note to Editors:

You are invited to send a photographer to St Ignatius at 2.30pm on Friday 2nd April. Please contact Ann Quinlan on 01772 531048 or 07887 831 795 if you plan to attend.

For further information please contact: Martin Crabtree on 01772 533536

martin.crabtree@css.lancscc.gov.uk


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