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Gresham pupils highlight coastal erosion concerns

July 20, 2011 2:40 PM

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Gresham School took part in a question and answer session with local MP Norman Lamb on a packed day out to London before the summer holidays.

The class, taught by Ms Deborah Gillespie, had written to Mr Lamb earlier in the year to highlight their concerns about coastal erosion in the local area.

Year 6 pupil Isla Millward writing to thank Norman afterwards said, 'Coastal erosion can not stand for long if your keeping on top of it like you are now. I was a bit worried about coastal erosion, but you taught me loads and I am no longer worried.'

Some described the devastation at Happisburgh, while others mentioned Malcolm Kerby, who has campaigned on this issue alongside Mr Lamb for many years. The children learnt of their long-standing work standing up for coastal communities.

Coastal erosion was not the only issue on the agenda, however, as the children fired questions at their Member of Parliament - among them, 'What do you do?', and 'Do you like David Cameron?'

The class were also impressed by the House of Commons - Rhiannon Smith writing afterwards said 'I really liked the rooms we went to, they were very posh!'