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Pupils leap for joy at new trail

PUBLISHED: 10:24 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 June 2010

Happy Great Ellingham pupils at the launch of their trail.

Happy Great Ellingham pupils at the launch of their trail.

Leap year was given a new meaning on Friday as health-conscious pupils jumped for joy at the official opening of their new trim trail.

The Friends of Great Ellingham Primary School have spent two years raising funds for the £10,000 trail, which has 13 separate pieces of equipment including a 'Burma' bridge and climbing wall so that the children can get plenty of exercise, and have fun keeping fit.

Leap year was given a new meaning on Friday as health-conscious pupils jumped for joy at the official opening of their new trim trail.

The Friends of Great Ellingham Primary School have spent two years raising funds for the £10,000 trail, which has 13 separate pieces of equipment including a 'Burma' bridge and climbing wall so that the children can get plenty of exercise, and have fun keeping fit.

Built on part of the playing field, it can also be used as part of school curriculum projects such as measuring objects of different heights.

Alice Goodrum, secretary of the friends group, said: “The children absolutely love it.

“They are on it every day, and we have put down matting so it can be used throughout the year so it's an even better resource.”

She added: “We started raising money for the project through the usual summer and spring fairs, and last year we sent out 150 letters to local business asking if they would like to make a donation, or sponsor a piece of equipment.”

May Gurney came up trumps, giving £6,000 towards the costs, with Waitrose of Wymondham, Panema Trailers, Mellor Metals and Plandescil also providing sponsorship.

A plaque was unveiled to commemorate the opening.

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