FROM corgis to the crown jewels - pupils from the borough’s special schools came up with some priceless ideas to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Tameside Council Cultural Services worked with five schools – Thomas Ashton, Oakdale, Cromwell, Samuel Laycock and Hawthorns – on a vibrant arts project called ‘Retreat to the exhibition’ with a royal theme.
The exhibition was opened at Hyde Town Hall on Wednesday 22 June by Nicola Graham, founder of Tameside charity Reuben’s Retreat, which has been working closely with the SEN schools. The Civic Mayor Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Reynolds MP were also in attendance.
The event was made extra special by a fantastic performance from SLS Stars cheerleading troop from Samuel Laycock School, which recently won a national cheerleading championship for schools.
Acting Arts and Engagement Manager Marie Holland said: “We’ve been supporting the schools in their artistic endeavours and are thrilled to have such a vibrant SEN hub in the borough who regularly join together to create art and positive experiences.
“The pupils have produced some fabulous ideas and artwork and it was lovely for them to have the opportunity to see their work exhibited together and celebrate the success of the project.”