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RAF pay flying visit to aid school radio project

[Saturday 08 April 2006]

Two heroic members of the RAF have paid a flying visit to Askrigg to help pupils turn a winning idea into a piece of radio reality.

Tornado pilot, Flt Lt Mark Wilson and navigator, Flt Lt Ted Threapleton, made national headlines recently when they guided a stricken civilian aircraft to safety.

Pictured - from left - are Kirsty Watson from Heads Together with David Amsden, Flt Lts Wilson and Threapleton and young broadcasters from Askrigg School
Pictured - from left - are Kirsty Watson from Heads Together
with David Amsden, Flt Lts Wilson and Threapleton
and young broadcasters from Askrigg School

This week they dropped in on pupils at Askrigg Primary to take part in a debate about low flying aircraft, as part of a District Council project designed to help youngsters across Richmondshire get their views heard over the airwaves.

"Your Voice: Your Future", uses the Council's 'Youth Matters' strategy as the basis for an audio competition. Working with creative agency, Heads Together, staff and councillors have visited schools and youth groups in the District, encouraging young people to read the strategy and create a programme idea.

Submissions have ranged from jingles and adverts to monologues, discussions, features and documentaries. The best ideas are currently being recorded and edited, ready for broadcast next month.

"We had more than 40 entries for the competition", explains Richmondshire District Council's Information and Communications Unit Manager, Simon Fletcher. "We were incredibly impressed with the youngsters' enthusiasm and creativity, and very pleased that our youth strategy, and of course the chance to be on the radio, has got young people talking about issues important to them."

Flt Lts Wilson and Threapleton joined pupils and local farmer David Amsden, to discuss low flying aircraft in the Dales, as part of their "Think High, Not Low" programme.

Other winning ideas include an investigation of activities for young children in Reeth and Gunnerside, road safety and speeding traffic in Colburn, and an exploration of how town pride can be used to bridge the generation gap in Leyburn.

"Every idea, even those which did not make it through to the production stage, will be incorporated into our continuing work for the benefit of young people in the District," said Councillor Sheila Clarke. "I want everyone who took part to know that their contribution is valued, and will be taken notice of."

The finished items will be broadcast here on Daelnet - as well as on BBC Local Radio and Fresh Radio - in May.

Read more about this innovative new project on the Daelnet "Your Voice - Your Future" page

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