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LOCAL SCHOOLCHILDREN HELP ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS NAMES IN THE SHIPPING WORLD MARK ITS 180 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
TWELVE schoolchildren from Dover helped P&O Ferries mark a unique occasion last week when they witnessed the unveiling of an on-board display to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the founding of the world's most famous shipping line.
The group of 8 to 11-year-olds from St Richard's Catholic Primary School had been invited onto the Spirit of France to watch the unveiling of six wall panels which explain to passengers how P&O became a famous name, when tourists started taking their cars to the continent and what roles the captain and his crew perform on board. The display also features information to interest younger readers such as the fact that the largest P&O Ferries' ships weigh the same as 8,570 elephants.
For the ceremony to mark the unveiling of the panels - which had been announced over the tannoy to every passenger on board - the children counted down from ten to one and gave a loud cheer when the covering curtain was removed.
On arrival in Calais, the party from St Richard's was given a tour of the bridge of the 47,000 ton ship by Captain Sam Hamer. And on the return journey they were treated to a special sit-down lunch in the Food Court, organised by the ship's On-Board Services Manager Paul Staveney, with the lasagne going down especially well.
Beth Ellis from P&O Heritage, which designed the 180th anniversary display, said: "It was brilliant to see the children interacting with the exhibition, asking lots of questions and generally being excited to be on board the Spirit of France. This is an astonishing company with a proud history and we were delighted to be able to share some of that with them."
Andrew Gretton, Business Manager at St Richard's Catholic Primary School, added: "The children were buzzing all the way back to school and could not wait to tell everyone about it. The generosity shown by the crew was incredible and something that we will not forget."
P&O Ferries' stakeholder project offers visits to schools, colleges and businesses within the local community. This is a totally free initiative. The visit is tailored to school requirements and their current projects. It can be a talk, with learning materials and other artefacts, judging a competition or providing an insight into the world of ferries and logistics.
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