What a wonderful day !
The weather was nice. The sun shone. The temperature was warm. The crowds of spectators came. The children and staff lined the drive. Our friends from both Newcastle and all Children's Primary Schools were with us. . . . . . . . . . . and the vehicles came !
They came in all shapes and sizes. On two wheels, three wheels, four wheels and more ! For many it had been a busy morning as their vehicles had been valeted and polished for this special occasion.
When the cavalcade had gone through twice with their Daisy Lodge emblem proudly displayed behind their windscreens they proceeded to park up. At this point the large crowd started to mingle with the pupils and wonder through the vehicles on show.
There was a friendly, family atmosphere as children climbed on vehicles and people chatted.
The press had conducted their interviews, got their story and photographs had been taken.
Then Ritchie Remo took centre stage and began a quick set starting with his signature tune,'Hit the Diff'.
When the music died down there was nothing left but to thank everyone for their presence and generosity before the yard started to clear as pupils went inside and parents and interested onlookers went about their usual business !
£1850 was raised with more expected in.
Thank you to Mr Prenter for organising the event.
Thank you to the kitchen staff who held the Coffee morning whilst also preparing dinner for over 200 children.
Thank you to the girls who baked the cakes and Carleen for decorating them.
Thank you to the Mc Veigh Family for their help and assistance with the event.
Thank you to the individuals and local businesses who sponsored prizes for the raffle.
Thank you to everyone who brought their car, van, bike, trike, digger, lorry, truck or motor home and made the day so special.
Thank you to John Ross of Ross Cycles who provided the children's vehicles and electric bike.
Thank you to Michelle Mc Tiernan who acted as P R O and liased with UTV and Ritchie Remo's management.
Thank you to the journalists and photographers from the local, weekly newspapers.
Thank you to UTV Life who sent down a reporter and cameraman to cover the event.
Thank you to Kieran, Paul, Philip, Tommy, Dan and Adam who put up the barriers, bunting, etc. and generally did a lot of unseen work on the day.
And finally,thank you to the Stig's Northern Ireland cousin who appeared but didn't say anything !
Congratulations to everyone that won a prize, but especially our cake winners Jude Barr and Eilish Ward.
As part of the P3 topic ‘Transport’ many different forms of transport have been invited to our school on Friday 4th May, 2018.
The gathering will be called ‘Driving Miss Daisy for Daisy Lodge’. It will double up as a fundraising event for the Cancer Fund for Children located on the outskirts of Newcastle as well as both the Paul Ward in the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast where our Primary 1 pupil Ciara Mc Veigh was treated at the beginning of the year and the Angel Wishes Charity that has supported her and her family since.
It is hoped to get all vehicles to meet in Island’s Park before making a cavalcade that will enter via the school gates and make its way to the back yard where all entrants will park up. All the Nursery and Primary school children will line the drive and watch the fleet of vehicles pass.
Everyone watching will be asked to make a contribution to Daisy Lodge.
Children in Primaries 3 & 4 from Newcastle and All Children’s Schools have also been invited.
At this point the Primary 3 children will get the chance to view, sit in and ask questions about the different modes of transport. Please note that some vehicles will not be open.
Following this, the other year bands will be invited out to do the same.
A Coffee Morning will complement the activities outside and all parents, friends and interested spectators are invited to attend. Further details to follow.
Please see Latest News on the school website to view the extensive list of vehicles coming.
Already confirmed are a Porsche 911, a World Rally Subaru car, a police patrol car, a fire engine and ambulance, different motorcycles old and new, a Harley Davidson motorbike, a selection of vintage cars, retro minis, campervans, a digger, dump truck, tractors and quads.
We are indebted to all the riders and drivers for making the event special and giving their time and vehicles free of charge.