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The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) recently visited pupils at Barwick-in-Elmet Church of England Primary School to deliver an art workshop helping children to understand the importance of staying safe near roadworks.

NGN is currently carrying out a £600,000 gas mains replacement project in the village, which involves replacing 8km of old metal mains with new plastic pipes.

The work, which began on Monday 17 April and is expected to last around 43 weeks, is currently underway in Richmondfield Mount, Richmondfield Cross and Richmondfield Way, before progressing to Potterton Lane in June.

Thirty Year 5 pupils spent the afternoon with NGN’s community artist Mick Hand, watching a presentation on the work NGN carries out before taking part in an art workshop, creating paintings depicting the gas works in the town.

NGN community artist, Mick Hand, at a recent school art workshop.

The paintings will now be merged into a giant mural which will be given to the school and also reproduced and displayed at NGN’s gas mains replacement sites.

The Barwick-in-Elmet scheme is registered as a Considerate Constructors Scheme site, and as part of the Scheme’s pledges, NGN’s Customer Care team visit local schools and charities to explore ways of making a difference to the lives of people living where engineers are working.

Year 5 teacher at Barwick-in-Elmet Primary School, Peter Freeman said: “The children really enjoyed the session. It was lovely to see them so inspired and motivated by a real-life art project.

“At the end of the lesson it was great to hear them explain what they had gained from the session and what top tips they had learned. I’d like to thank NGN for delivering the workshop session and look forward to seeing the final piece of work.’’

Ensuring communities stay safe and educating around the potential dangers of roadworks sites is a key commitment for NGN, with 318 Play Safe Stay Safe school sessions delivered in 2016-17.

NGN Customer Care Officer Katherine Lee said: ‘’It’s great to be able to work with staff and pupils to raise awareness of the work that we do and ensure everyone stays safe during gas works.

“Our project in Barwick is progressing on schedule, and we’d like to thank all our customers here for bearing with us as we complete this essential work as safely and quickly as possible.’’

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