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History lesson inspires Orchard Infant School pupils' fundraising drive for Hythe Pier

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ORCHARD Infant School youngsters raised £680 to support the future of Hythe Pier after being inspired by a history project.

The Year 2 pupils crafted postcards, cupcakes and tea light holders which they sold at the Grade II listed pier.

Head teacher Jane West said: “Our children were challenged by a local historian, Alan Titheridge, and a member the Hythe Pier Heritage Association, Jill Gower, to research and further investigate the uniqueness of the pier’s history and geography and discover how it is critical for tourism and our local economy as it links Hythe to the city of Southampton.

The youngsters raised £680
The youngsters raised £680

“When they found out that the pier, the train and the ferry is in danger of being discontinued, the children were passionate to raise money to help save it for future generations.

“We know that they have developed an awareness of the importance of this unique historical landmark in our community."

Youngsters also sang to passers-by and enjoyed a train ride along landmark pier.

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