A delegation of children from primary schools across the town made a trip to the Town Hall to include Hastings in Sierra Leone.
They were part of The International Pupil Council (IPC) which was set up four years ago to strengthen the links between the schools in Hastings, UK and Hastings, Sierra Leone.
Teacher James Bacon, who was at the meeting, said: “The children meet each term and their latest project was to campaign for a town twinning sign to include Sierra Leone and in the process raise the profile of the special link between our town and that in Hastings, Sierra Leone.
They wrote a letter to the Mayor, Cllr Dowling, who agreed to meet them in the Town Hall for an official meeting.
The children, from a number of schools around town, visited the Town Hall on 10th June and discussed the possibility of this sign. These schools included, St Mary Star of the Sea, St Leonards CE Primary, St Pauls, Ark Blacklands and Ark Little Ridge.
Unfortunately, the Mayor could not agree to fund the sign due to prioritising of jobs, however, he did agree to supporting the children who will be discussing fundraising and possible sponsorship ideas at their next meeting.
Sue Furness, from St Mary Star of the Sea School, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to meet the mayor and find out about his role.
“Although they were disappointed with the outcome, the mayor did say he would support the children in their future campaign for a town twinning sign and they are very determined to achieve their goal.”
The Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link connects the peoples of Hastings, UK and Hastings, Sierra Leone to promote reconstruction and friendship.
It raises money through events and donations to help rebuild Hastings, Sierra Leone following its devastation in 1997 during the Sierra Leonean civil war.
The Link also promotes official twinning, informal exchanges and school-to-school links.
The current big project the friendship group is undertaking is helping the villagers to extend and refurbish the little health centre with an emergency maternity and obstetric unit and to provide much needed medical equipment and supplies.
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