HUNDREDS of youngsters from across Hyde will get a special Christmas gift this year . . . from students at a local sixth form college.
They will be invited to see a pantomime at Hyde Clarendon College, where students are already starting the countdown to their festive performances. And to help fund the project local councillors have awarded the college £5000 to help with the costs.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds joined councillors from Hyde to present the cheque to a group of students from the college.
And then he took part in a series of Question and Answer sessions at the college, on Clarendon Road, enabling groups of students the opportunity to quiz the MP and to find out more about politics.
Following the visit, Mr Reynolds said: "I know from previous years how much schoolchildren from across Hyde enjoy the pantomimes at Hyde Clarendon.
"The students at the college do a tremendous hob – and I am delighted that local councillors were able to support them again this year.
"In the constituency I meet with as many young people as possible – so I was pleased to have the opportunity to have a number of Q&A sessions, that involved as many as 100 students.
"Young people often have strong views, but don’t always know how they can make sure their voices are heard – or think that politicians won’t be interested in what they have to say.
"I hope that these sessions will help young people to understand they have a part to play in our political process and encourage them to play a full part in our electoral system when they are 18."
Published Tuesday 9 October, 2012