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Royal Highlight – Blackley pupils meet the Queen!

06/01/2014 by Green Schools

Pupils from Blackley Academy could barely contain their excitement when Her Majesty The Queen stopped to talk to them at the official opening of The Co-operative’s new head office in Manchester last year.

A dozen children from the school attended the prestigious event that saw the Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, tour One Angel Square and then unveil a plaque to mark the formal opening of the 14 storey building confirmed as the world’s most environmentally-friendly.

The children took part in the Royal visit through their involvement in The Co-operative’s Green Schools Revolution programme which, earlier this year, had seen them work with Manchester-based artist Tracey Eastham to create an intricate collage that now hangs in One Angel Square.

After meeting the Queen, Blackley Academy pupil Lilly Harland, 9, said: “The Queen came over and asked me about the artwork that we had done. I was so happy, it felt like I was famous.”

Ten year-old Gabriella Slodowe, enthused: “The Queen came to speak to me - this has been the best day of my life!”

While Jamie Nuttall, 9, excitedly added: “The Queen asked me about the picture I was holding, meeting her was awesome!”

Artist Tracey Eastham, 30, said:

“I am delighted and proud to have taken part in this incredible project which I never imagined would culminate in meeting the Queen! The creativity and imagination of the children is truly inspirational and their ideas and images about environment, landscape and sustainability are captured within the finished piece.

To have had the opportunity to inspire young minds to think about safeguarding our environment, whilst developing their creativity, has been amazing – the whole experience has been an absolute honour to be a part of.”

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