Youngsters mix with royalty at food event

Campbell Murrell, Ben Wain, Emma Smith and Abbie Winrow outside Westminster Abbey.
Campbell Murrell, Ben Wain, Emma Smith and Abbie Winrow outside Westminster Abbey.

The pupils of Wilson’s Endowed School in Over Kellet had a day in the big smoke meeting stars and royalty at an event to mark British Food Fortnight.

The youngsters were representing the district at a star-studded event at Westminster Abbey after winning a contest for the best Harvest Hamper.

Among the guests was an old friend of the school, Hairy Biker Dave Myers, who said he was thrilled with the good luck card the children had made for him for Strictly Come Dancing.

Dave said he hopes to visit the school again in the future, and pupil Rhiannon Mawby wished Dave good luck on behalf of the school.

Actor Damien Lewis chatted with pupils and was most interested to hear about Jemma Fletcher’s farming family.

The Duchess of Cornwall showed an interest in the Harvest Basket that the pupils had put together.

Pupil Amy Eccles explained that the vegetables in the basket had been grown by the school’s gardening club and included beans, courgettes, potatoes and onions.

Head Jo Williams explained to her that the school often works in partnership with Booths supermarkets for its baking projects in class and that Booths had kindly donated some locallly sourced items for the hamper.

Edwin Booth of Booths was also a guest at the event and he sought out the children to have a chat.

He was thrilled as to how the hamper looked with its brown and white gingham and decorated with conkers that had collected by Sarah-Joy Mahon, aged six, from a park in Lancaster.

Mrs Williams said: “It was a very special day and a real privilege to represent the north west celebrating food and farming in our area.

“Her Royal Highness was most generous with her time, keen to hear from the pupils about the things they had grown.

“It was certainly a day to remember.”