Blackpool stars make inspiring visit

Keith Southern struggling to make a sound
Keith Southern struggling to make a sound
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A TANGERINE dream came true for these school children when Blackpool FC stars paid a visit.

Pupils at Park School welcomed seven players – Gary Taylor Fletcher, Keith Southern, Alex Baptiste, Tom Ince, Stephen Crainey, Stephen Dobbie and Neal Eardley.

Tom Ince joins in with Park School Band

Tom Ince joins in with Park School Band

And the Bloomfield Road heroes said the musical visit to the school was “inspiring”.

The stars appeared in assembly, much to the delight of pupils at the Blackpool special school.

The brass band at the Whitegate Drive school have been practising hard and played Blackpool FC anthem Glad All Over as a special welcome.

Later the players answered a number of the pupil’s questions about the team before taking a tour of every class in the school.

Liam Pye gets his shirt signed by Tom Ince

Liam Pye gets his shirt signed by Tom Ince

Stuart Johnson, PE co-ordinator at the school arranged the visit at the request of football loving pupils.

And both staff and children were thrilled to welcome the team according to Stuart Bradford, assistant head teacher.

He said: “The day went absolutely tremendously and it was brilliant to see the players at the school.

“Over the last four or five years, there have been more and more tangerine shirts and more support for Blackpool within the school and within the town, which is brilliant.

Keith Southern and Tom Ince join Park School Band

Keith Southern and Tom Ince join Park School Band

“To have them here in the school, seeing them meet the youngsters and walk around with them, is fantastic.

“The reception was brilliant, the youngsters have loved every minute of it, and hopefully even more of them will now be wearing tangerine instead of the reds and the blues of United and City.”

The players spent the whole afternoon at the school speaking to staff and pupils and posing for photographs.

And the players themselves enjoyed the visit.

Keith Southern, midfielder said: “It is brilliant to get out into the community and meet people.

“I’ve been at Blackpool 10 years now and so I know what a terrific place it is.

“I thoroughly enjoyed going into the school and meeting the pupils and the staff and we have had a cracking afternoon.

“We should come here more often!

Gary Taylor-Fletcher, striker, said: “You feel inspired when you come to a terrific school like this.

“The teachers do such good work and it was a pleasure to meet the kids.

“I’ve really enjoyed the afternoon we spent here.”