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Jamie Carragher opens new school outdoor play area in Crosby

ONE of Liverpool’s longest-serving players made a special trip to Crosby last week, much to the delight of dozens of primary school pupils.

Jamie Carragher visited St William of York Catholic Primary School on Monday, February 4, to officially open the school’s new outdoor play area.

The Bootle-born footballer received a warm welcome from both youngsters and staff, and spent time mingling with the pupils, posing for photographs, and signing autographs.

The play area, which took seven weeks to develop, is part of a £60,000 scheme to improve the outdoor facilities at the school.

Headteacher, Martin Murphy, said: “The play area was completed just after Christmas and was just another success in our drive to improve the facilities at the school.

“The whole thing is brand new and boasts an outdoor classroom, wildflower meadow, trees and plants and much more.

“It allows the pupils to go back to nature, build on their physical development and learn more about the outdoor environment.

“We also hope to eventually have a wormery and mini beasts.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Jamie was able to take time out in his hectic schedule to come and mark this occasion with us.

“He is a friend of our vice- chair of governors and very kindly agreed to come along – he is such a down-to-earth man.

“Jamie has been the talk of the school, the pupils were really excited to see him in the flesh.

“It really did make the day for a lot of the youngsters.”

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