Dowson kids bee-have on Manchester parade

CHILDREN at a Hyde primary school certainly put the hat on their half-term with an impressive parade showing off all things Manchester.

The 480 kids at Dowson Primary flaunted their skills by making and donning their creations on their heads in front of proud parents.

And there was no shortage of Manchester motifs with bees, bands, and familiar locations all captured superbly.

Children in years four, five and six, also sang their hearts out to a Manchester tune which highlighted all of the city’s impact.

“Some of the hats the children have made are brilliant,” said Kat Thornburn, head of Dowson Primary.

“It’s part of a theme we have over the year. It’s Great Britain, Great Manchester and Great Me, with this one being Great Manchester.

“They were given all the half-term to come up with their ideas, design them, make them and source materials – with no other homework.

“Some of them were amazing, I’m really proud of them.”

Among some of the sights on display at the three separate parades on Friday, April 5 – reception and nursery, years one, two and three and the four, five and six – were classic Manchester visions.

And they did parade around the school yard to the dulcet tones of Take That singing their hit Never Forget.

Including the town hall at Albert Square, Old Trafford and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, as well as more than one beehive featuring the worker bee emblem.

Even Vimto, the drink first made in the city, formed the basis of a hat.

“We’ve been learning all about the city we live near,” Kat added.

“Not only the music and the football but also the famous people from there and some of their achievements, like Alan Turing with the enigma code and Emmeline Pankhurst.”

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