A programme of school holiday activities for children in Lichfield and Burntwood has been officially launched.
The ribbon was cut on the Space 2019 scheme at an event in Lichfield Cathedral.
Staffordshire’s Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime, Matthew Ellis joined youngsters to build miniature moon buggies out of household items.
“Seeing the excitement and joy of children is exactly what Space is all about and that was very apparent during my visit to see the wonderful work delivered by Lichfield Cathedral and Lichfield District Council,” the commissioner said.
“Space is not just about traditional sporting activities, but also about creativity, art, and being inspired, which I most certainly was.
“Since its relaunch in 2015, the Space programme has gone from strength to strength with year-on-year attendances increasing each time and levels of anti-social behaviour dipping during these weeks.
“Each year we receive very positive feedback from young people and I’d encourage anyone between 8 and 17 to get involved.”
Full details of the Space programme, which runs until 30th August, can be found at www.staffordshirespace.uk.
Cllr Doug Pullen, leader of Lichfield District Council, added: “It was great that this summer’s programme kicked off in Lichfield with a moon-themed activity at Lichfield Cathedral that also marked the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings.
“As a dad of five, I know how important it is for young people to have access to a range of fun, good value and positive opportunities to take part in over the summer months, and I’d like to thank all those involved in making today’s and other events across the summer possible.”