Published on: Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Last updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Twelve poems written by local children and young people will go on display at Clacton rail station to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
The poems have been written by children with the support of U-Turn – a Clacton-based charity that offers support and practical help for young people experiencing personal and socially challenging life situations as consequences of violent crime.
The poems have been reproduced as posters by the Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership as part of the town’s Jubilee celebrations.
The Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership also recently hosted young people from U-Turn at a ‘Try A Train’ event at Clacton station where they received a rail safety talk and a look round one of Greater Anglia’s new trains, including in the driver’s cab.
Jayne Sumner, the Community Rail Partnership’s Engagement Manager, said, “We were just blown away when we read these wonderful poems and I know people passing through Clacton station are going to love them – I think the Queen would too!
“The children and young people involved in this project should feel very proud of their work which is going to be a lovely addition to Clacton’s Jubilee celebrations.”
Clare Douglas, U-Turn Youth Mentor, said, “More often than not, young people are noted for the negative things that happen within their communities.
“However, the opportunity to have their work displayed has given them the positive recognition that they so often deserve.”