Schools compete in recycling debate

tis  Pictured from left with pupils from Rossett Acre Primary School, Oatlands Junior School and Pannal Primary School after the debating competition are County Councillors Cliff Trotter and Janet Sanderson, Mayor Michael Newby, North Yorkshire County Council Chairman Bernard Bateman and Mike Poole of Harrogate Borough Council.  (140320M1)

tis Pictured from left with pupils from Rossett Acre Primary School, Oatlands Junior School and Pannal Primary School after the debating competition are County Councillors Cliff Trotter and Janet Sanderson, Mayor Michael Newby, North Yorkshire County Council Chairman Bernard Bateman and Mike Poole of Harrogate Borough Council. (140320M1)

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Youngsters from schools across Harrogate have taken part in a debating competition held in the town’s council chambers.

Pupils from Rossett Acre, St Peter’s Primary, Oatlands Junior School and Pannal Primary took part in the event last Thursday, with a focus on recycling.

Winners were students from Rossett Acre, although judges said it was a close call as it was clear all students had done their homework.

“It went really well,” said meeting chairman and county councillor Cliff Trotter. “The kids had an answer for everything, it was clear they had been practicing hard.

“I was staggered by the effort they had put in.”

Judges included the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Michael Newby, Chairman of the county council Bernard Bateman, Janet Sanderson, head of young people at NYCC, and Mike Poole from Harrogate council.