A showcase of poems, stories, pictures and recordings telling the story of the devastating December floods that wrecked their community was unveiled by pupils at Whalley Primary School.
The students spent six weeks working on the project with the Ribble Rivers Trust and local writer Steve Fairclough and their work is a permanent record of the dramatic events that unfolded on Boxing Day when winter floods destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in Whalley and Billington.
The children’s work is also a reflection on the fantastic response from the community that rallied round to help those in need.
Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Joyce Holgate was the VIP guest at the unveiling of the project at a special assembly and open afternoon for pupils, staff, parents a guests. Visitors got the opportunity to listen to the recordings the children made and also have a go on the river modelling table.
Coun. Holgate, who lives in Whalley, said: “I witnessed how the community came together for the flood recovery and am thrilled by the fantastic work of the pupils at Whalley Primary School. This project has added to the legacy of community spirit and involvement that was demonstrated so strongly following the December floods.”
Teacher Jessica Robb said the project had been a fantastic way to round off the year as it allowed the children to show off their talents and got them thinking about an important local issue.”
The project is being led by the Ribble Rivers Trust as part of the development phase of a Heritage Lottery Funded project called Ribble Life Together and is supported by Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Environment Agency, who have been working with Lancashire County Council and borough councils across Lancashire to raise awareness about being flood aware and prepared. The Ribble Rivers Trust are still keen to record more experiences so if you have something to share or would like to write something to be included in the project, please ring 01200