Bede Primary School pupils
31 July 2018

A Metro station has got a splash of colour thanks to the efforts of local school children, who drew their inspiration from a local history project.

Pupils at Bede Community Primary School in Gateshead have created heritage-inspired posters which have gone on public display at Gateshead Stadium Metro station.

The Year Six pupils were actively involved in a history programme at school, which has enabled them to discover and celebrate local historic events and significant landmarks. The class was inspired to explore and learn more about the old tramways, locomotive works and the heritage of Felling Colliery.

They channelled this into their colourful artworks, which showcase their understanding of key local events. They used simple crayon and pencil designs for the posters, which are on display in the ticketing area and platforms at Gateshead Stadium.

Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “We were delighted to work with the school children on this project, which has brought a real splash of colour to Gateshead Stadium Metro station.

“The posters celebrate community spirit and show that they are proud of their local area and its heritage. The artwork has helped to brighten up the station and I would like to thank all of the children for taking part.”

Cllr John Eagle, a governor at Bede Primary School and local Ward Councillor, said: “I feel proud and privileged that the school has been a part of this project with Metro.  It gave the children an opportunity to understand the background of this area and enrich their learning in many ways.”

Andrew Riley, Acting Deputy Headteacher at Bede Primary, said: “The Metro is part of our school life, taking us all over on exciting trips and it travel right next to our playground. The children have loved the opportunity to improve their local area like this and it is linked so well to their local history topic. They are surrounded by so much regeneration at the moment, so it is important to recognise the industrial past which is sometimes hidden in plain sight. Railways are a vital part of our local history and this Metro station is a vital part of everyday life around here.”