North Walsham school hits back at vandals with knitted pom-poms

Pupils of Manor Road Infants and Junior school with 1400 of the 10,000 pom poms they've knitted to r

Pupils of Manor Road Infants and Junior school with 1400 of the 10,000 pom poms they've knitted to raise money for repairs following a vandal attack last year, pictured from left Joseph Starling, Pixie Fagan-Leeves, Georgina Blake and Archie Lynch. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Families will be able to hunt for colourful pom-pom characters this Easter to raise money for a school damaged by vandals.

The Great Pom-Pom Escapade will be held around North Walsham town centre between March 27 and April 12.

Some 20 characters will be hidden and people will find them by following a trail.

A booklet for the escapade costs £1 and all the money will go towards the federation of North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery on Manor Road, North Walsham.

A shed containing children's play equipment, a mobile classroom for parents' groups and an outdoor area were damaged last year.

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On two separate occasions the vandals attacked the Me Time mobile classroom, smashing its windows, hurling paint around the inside, overturning bookshelves and tossing benches across the field.

They also damaged outside play equipment including a trampoline, a rope swing and a toy shed.

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The school decided to make pom-poms, to be sponsored by the local community, to raise money for replacement equipment.

So far around 10,000 woollen pom-poms have been made by the pupils, parents and community groups and some of them have been used to create the escapade trail characters.

The school is hoping it will eventually be able to set a world pom-poms record.

Executive deputy head, Gill Finch, said: 'The buzz around the pom-poms has been incredible.'

As well as the school, North Walsham Library, the town's Victory leisure centre, and the Cockerel Restaurant are acting as collection points for wool donations.

Trail maps can be collected from the school reception or from Victory Swim and Fitness Centre and Showcase Gallery in the town during the Easter break.

Completed entries, for prizes, should be given to the school by April 17.

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