Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 10.44.35Pupils in South Tyneside have been recognised for their creativity after completing a story writing project aimed at stretching their imaginations.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia presented eight pupils from Westoe Crown Primary School and eight pupils from Marine Park Primary School with certificates after the children created their very own story books.

The Year Five pupils took part in a 10 week online creative writing camp working with Flowing Tales and the Library Service, a project which encourages children to write their own stories. Youngsters in each school then developed their stories by voting on the genre and title of their tale and then began writing each chapter.

Children from Westoe Crown Primary chose to create a crime and mystery story, The Disappearing Chimney Sweep. While pupils from Marine Park Primary School wrote a fantasy story, Rescue from the Underworld. The stories have now been published.

“I was blown away by the inventiveness of the pupils from both schools. It was a pleasure to read their stories and to celebrate their hard work and creativity,” The Mayor said.

“It is vital that children are encouraged to challenge themselves and to develop reading and creative writing through projects such as this. The pupils from both schools have been able to play a part in producing two excellent books. They should be very proud of what they have achieved and I hope other children are inspired to write their very own stories.”