Young poets to ‘make their mark’ on Northwich’s Memorial Court

Budding young poets from Northwich are to have their verses showcased to the whole town in an exciting art project for the new Memorial Court.

Pupils from three primary schools have worked with performance poet Dominic Berry to create poetry inspired by the new entertainment and leisure venue.

Dominic, who is the selected artist for the site hoardings, has held workshops with pupils from Witton Church Walk CE, Lostock Gralam and Victoria Road schools to help them to pen their own verses.

And one poem, written by Witton Church Walk pupils Josie Gillet, Esther-Grace Snowden and Naomi Hill, has been chosen to feature on the hoardings as part of the Collect: Memorial Capture Project.

Their poem is:

In the future we will dive and swim in wonderful, warm waters.
Come with your friends and join in with the fun, splash and play all day long.
Get wet – no-one will care,
Get chlorine all in your hair!
And when our fun has come to an end…
We know we’ll be back again!

Local Councillors were invited to Witton Church Walk CE Primary School to listen to pupils from all three schools read their poems aloud.

Councillor Julia Tickridge said: “It was great to watch and listen to pupils from Northwich primary schools as they performed their poetry under the guidance of Dominic Berry, at Witton Church Walk CE Primary School.

“We were treated to fantastic performances of original poetry performed by the children who created them.

“It’s great for the children of Northwich to be fully involved in a project of this kind and, if one of the key themes of their poetry is anything to go by, they are particularly looking forward to having a new swimming pool in town.”