Pupils win class prize

P7 pupils from Straid Primary School, celebrate with principal Florence Mairs as they were revealed as winners of an amazing two-night return trip to Alton Towers thanks to ferry company Stena Line.
P7 pupils from Straid Primary School, celebrate with principal Florence Mairs as they were revealed as winners of an amazing two-night return trip to Alton Towers thanks to ferry company Stena Line.

PUPILS at Straid Primary School have won an amazing two-night return trip to Alton Towers thanks to leading ferry company Stena Line.

The P7 pupils successfully beat off competition from schools throughout Northern Ireland to win the trip for 30 pupils to travel from Belfast - Liverpool on May 22 to enjoy the rides and attractions at Alton Towers.

Stena Line teamed up with Sunday Life and U105 to allow pupils to collect tokens printed each week in the newspaper as well as listening out for golden bonus tokens when they tuned into the radio station. The P7 class from Straid Primary successfully collected hundreds of tokens thanks to the support from the school and local community.

The excited pupils will set sail to Liverpool on the overnight sailing, allowing them to begin their adventure as they sleep onboard in the ferry’s cabins before heading off the following morning to Alton Towers by coach where they will take advantage of their two-day passes and stay at the Alton Towers hotel.

Principal Florence Mairs explained: “All of the pupils in P7 are absolutely delighted to have won this fantastic trip, they worked very hard, along with the whole school and local community to collect the tokens. Not for one minute did we imagine we would win, the pupils were stunned as it was announced.

“The kids are beside themselves with excitement to be travelling over to Alton Towers and I would like to thank everyone for their support as well as Stena Line for what should be a really fun and memorable two days.”

Stena Line’s Head of Communications and PR, Diane Poole OBE said: “Many congratulations to the pupils of Straid Primary who won this fantastic prize to Alton Towers. I am delighted to see the winning class travel on Stena Line’s new Belfast - Liverpool route. We wish the pupils along with their teacher, Florence Mairs, a wonderful time at Alton Towers and I would also like to say thanks to all the schools throughout Northern Ireland who entered the competition.”