Card-playing Harrogate students meet their match in the House of Lords

Rossett students Katie Lofthouse and Nathan Robinson (Year 11) and Amy Laws and Imogen Fisher (Year 9) outside the Houses of Parliament.

Rossett students Katie Lofthouse and Nathan Robinson (Year 11) and Amy Laws and Imogen Fisher (Year 9) outside the Houses of Parliament.

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A group of students from Rossett School bridged the age gap this month in a landmark visit to the House of Lords.

Katie Lofthouse and Nathan Robinson from year 11 and Amy Laws and Imogen Fisher from year 9 play bridge at the school’s club.

Taking part in the first expedition of a Yorkshire school to play the card game in the Upper House, the four pupils were beaten in a game that included Roger Bootle-Wilbraham, Baron Skelmersdale, Elspeth Howe, Baroness Howe of Idlicote, and Arthur Hamilton, Lord Hamilton.

Design technology teacher at Rossett Scott Taylor said: “There is a Yorkshire division of the national bridge association and they come into the school once a week to play the game and promote it to a younger crowd.

“After school on a Wednesday they come in and there are four or five students that regularly play.

“This is something the House of Lords have been doing for a long time but never with a school as far north as us.

“The national association pursued us being involved and wanted some Yorkshire schools taking part.”

The students also had a tour of the House of Lords and afternoon tea, catching a glimpse of Digby Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham and Robert Winston, Baron Winston.

Katie said: “I have been playing for about three or fours years now.

“I got into it through school when they offered it to mathematically-gifted students.

“Playing in the House of Lords was amazing, a really good experience.

“They were really good, we learned a lot from them.

“The tour was very interesting. We learned a lot about the House of Lords that we didn’t know and personally I’m interested in politics.”