The year five pupils were delighted when responses to their letters were hand-delivered.

A COUNCILLOR has been delivering letters to year five students as part of a school project in persuasive writing.

Cllr Roger Johnson, deputy leader of Torridge District Council, visited St Margaret’s School in Northam after receiving 22 letters from them about Westward Ho’s regeneration.

Teach Sam Malyn said: “We have been working on writing persuasive letters this term and as a way of making the work interesting we try to make the situation as real as possible.

“The children were keen to write to their local councillor – Roger Johnson – about the current developments in Westward Ho! and provisions for play equipment on the village green.”

Cllr Johnson said: “I was very impressed by the letters from the children, they showed a great maturity and passion beyond their years; a real credit to the school and their parents.

“I really enjoyed reading them and I have replied to each and every one and I hope they will be happy with my responses.

“Meeting the children was a real pleasure too and I had a lively debate with them on the regeneration of Westward Ho! and other local play areas, and what it might mean to them.”

Year 5 pupil Mitchell Power, aged 10, said, “I was so surprised that Cllr Johnson not only replied to our letters, but also came to see us in school.

“I’m really happy that he did, it was really exciting.”