“Students from Applegarth Primary School Council were amongst the first to try out the new play equipment at Applegarth play area last week, and great fun was had by all.
When it came to choosing the equipment for the play area, who better to assist the Town Council than the school council and a keen local resident? It was important to us to get input from those who will be using the area, to ensure it was suitable for all. The school council helped us to find items that are accessible to children with disabilities, special educational and sensory needs.
When deciding on a name for the pirate ship in Applegarth park the students wanted to pay tribute to HMS Hood and the crew and chose to name the ship after this famous battlecruiser.
Back in 1939 the school adopted HMS Hood of the Royal Navy. Students had knitted and sent ‘comforts’, books and letters to individual sailors of the crew, of over two thousand men, and also composed a prayer for the ship. Great was the sadness and sorrow of the children and staff when HMS Hood was sunk by a direct hit on the 24th May 1941 with the loss of all but three of the crew.
Applegarth park is now open for all to enjoy and it is hoped that children, both local and those visiting Northallerton, will enjoy the new features for many years to come. “