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Toftwood children learn lessons in road safety around lorries thanks to Fakenham’s Jack Richards & Son

PUBLISHED: 11:40 27 March 2017

A lorry from Jack Richards & Son helped children from Toftwood Infant School learn about road safety around large vehicles. Picture: Kelsey Hooper

A lorry from Jack Richards & Son helped children from Toftwood Infant School learn about road safety around large vehicles. Picture: Kelsey Hooper

Kelsey Hooper

An articulated lorry from haulage firm Jack Richards & Son helped youngsters from Toftwood learn the important message of staying safe near large vehicles.

A lorry from Jack Richards & Son helped children from Toftwood Infant School learn about road safety around large vehicles. Picture: Kelsey Hooper A lorry from Jack Richards & Son helped children from Toftwood Infant School learn about road safety around large vehicles. Picture: Kelsey Hooper

Adrian Hooper, Demus Smerdon and Victoria Banks from the Fakenham firm delivered a free workshop to all year 1 children at Toftwood Infant School.

They also donated high visibility jackets to the school and gave a reflective wristband to each child.

Victoria Banks, finance director, said: “Road safety on our increasingly congested roads is something we take very seriously at Jack Richards and we have imposed this through our driver training but we now need to demonstrate this within the wider community.”

The children learnt that a cab and trailer weighed the same as seven elephants, it was as tall as a giraffe and as long as a bull whale.

A lorry from Jack Richards & Son helped children from Toftwood Infant School learn about road safety around large vehicles. Picture: Kelsey Hooper A lorry from Jack Richards & Son helped children from Toftwood Infant School learn about road safety around large vehicles. Picture: Kelsey Hooper

They also were able to go inside the cab of the lorry to show how high it was and where the blind spots were before taking part in a demonstration that showed how big the blind spot of a lorry was.

Children stood in a line from the front of the cab whilst their teacher sat in the cab and looked forwards to the road.

The children understood that they had to be a significant distance away from the lorry to allow the driver to see them.

After the informative session the pupils were able to explain the dangers of large vehicles and lorries and how they could be safe around them.

One child said: “I now know that I have to cross the road further away from a lorry.”

Deputy head teacher Amanda Bell joined the children for part of the visit. She said: “Learning to be safe near traffic is extremely important and this hands-on session has provided the children with clear examples of how to be safe near lorries.”

It was the first school based safety session run by the company, which was started by Jack Richards in 1956 with a five-tonne Bedford lorry. It now has a fleet of over 260 units and 500 trailers hauling throughout the UK and Europe.

Driver trainer Adrian Hooper said: “Jack Richards is hoping to promote lorry safety by visiting many more schools in the future.”

The children were also dressed in red on the day to raise money for Comic Relief.

* What is your school doing? Email kathryn.cross@archant.co.uk

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