Youngsters take the chance to shine

YOUNG people from across Ipswich showed off their talents during a week-long celebration of their achievements.

YOUNG people from across Ipswich showed off their talents during a week-long celebration of their achievements.

Both primary and secondary schools in the town signed up to take part in the national Shine Festival, where pupils joined around a million others from across the UK who got the chance to showcase their talents in sport, the arts, technology and community work.

Shine Week was created in 2008 by the department for children schools and families to celebrate the talents of young people.

This year, the second Shine festival is designed to create a national focal point for recognising and celebrating the many achievements children and young people engage in.

Nearly 5,000 schools and almost 1,000 youth organisations have signed up to join in the annual celebration, which is double the number from last year.

Among the activities youngsters have taken part in this week are debating issues in the House of Lords, street dancing on the roof of the Southbank and playing tennis with Tim Henman.