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Two more Delta schools enjoyed our Poppy Warrior presentation – Hatfield Woodhouse and Crookesbroom

Matilda’s GGGF photo.

Primaries. Both schools were re-visits and proved just as enjoyable as the first time. The audiences were relatively small, but this only added to the intimacy of the story-telling and the sessions passed only too quickly. We sold and signed lots of books and posters for the children and one girl from Crookesbroom (Matilda) brought us some lovely pictures of her great-great grandfather in his world war 1 uniform, supplied by her grandmother. Brilliant!

It was onto Gosforth next, in the North East. We stayed in our favourite flat in Audley Road, so convenient for the nearby school visits. Highfield Middle School in Prudhoe, Gosforth East Middle School (GEMS), St Teresa’s Catholic School in Heaton and finally onto Richard Coates Primary School in Ponteland, all made for one of the best weeks we’ve ever had in this area.

Some of the highlights (there were many!) during our recent school visits:

  1. Lovely WW1 dedications like the beautiful bench we spotted in Prudhoe. After having such a great time at Highfield MS, we dropped into a coffee shop and spotted a lovely bench and a silhouette of a soldier cut out of wrought iron and painted in black. They looked stunning.

          WW1 Bench in Prudhoe

  2. Matilda’s Gran supplying her with memories of her Great-great Grandfather who fought in WW1
  3. The lovely display of my work as Patron of Reading at Crookesbroom Primary School.
  4. A painting of ‘Poppy Warrior’ by a keen fan at Conyers High School
  5. To finish off our NE trip we stayed in the chic Malmaison Hotel on the Newcastle Quayside…fabulous!

         Crookesbroom Display

The lovely display of my work (and Simon’s Icky Doo Dah books) at Crookesbroom made me feel very proud to be Patron of Reading for the Delta Academy Schools. I’ve just sent out my fourth Delta Newsletter and outlined some exciting projects for the future. I’m very keen to start up some art-based projects and hopefully my great cover artist – Paul Bryn Davies – as well as our son, Simon, will get involved.

GEMS Legacy is a project to commemorate the fallen soldiers of WW1 and how appropriate is that to hear about it on my visit to Gosforth East Middle school to promote Poppy Warrior!

Tasha, Georgia, Hannah and Isla in Year 8 are doing a wonderful job in promoting the project and I was only too keen

       The ‘GEMS Legacy Girls’

to help them. We donated a copy of Poppy Warrior and a poster to the girls and in return they presented me with a GEMS legacy pack containing various items connected to WW1.  You can  check them out on Facebook, but the girls are keen for you to ask your parents permission first.

Pete on the fashionable Newcastle Quayside at the end of a busy week!

To finish off this blog, here are two more pics. One of yours truly relaxing on the Quayside on the famous swing bridge just in front of our Malmaison Hotel. We took the time to visit the famous art gallery at the Baltic Flour Mill, but were disappointed by the content of the work. So here is a much more upbeat

Great Art Work from Jordan at Conyers!

colourful pic painted by one of our fans (Jordan) at Conyers High School. We visited this lovely high school just before Christmas and it already seems such a long time ago!

That’s about all for now. Hope you’re surviving the winter storm that is gusting around my office as I write. I’ll be glad when the winter is over and I can get out at the weekend to indulge in my favourite hobby – fishing!


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