Cycle power to save school

A group of parents from Stoke-on-Trent have cycled 500 miles to the European Parliament as part of the campaign to save their local school

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Parents fighting to save Trentham High School have ventured on the 500 mile cycle ride to reach the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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The team of parents have been campaigning to save the school from closure since January 2008.

In May 2008 10 of the parents walked the 162 miles from Stoke-on-Trent to 10 Downing Street to deliver a 13,000 name petition to the Prime Minister calling on him to help save the school.

As this did not achieve the desired affect, the determined group thought up the next adventure, to cycle to Strasbourg. But while preparing for the trip, the group got the news they had been waiting for, the school was to be saved, they had won.

As the cycle ride was still in the diary, this determined group decided to go ahead and do the ride as a fundraiser instead.

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With elections to the European Parliament imminent, the visit of these strong-minded parents is a reminder of the power of local issues.

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