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Celebrating Manchester's literary history

Stanley Grove Primary Academy holds family festival 'Bikes, Books and Beyond' in celebration of all things literary

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 24, 2015 | School life

Stanley Grove’s recent festival in Manchester kicked off with a show-stopping parade, which saw a giant Cruella de Vil puppet and her ‘henchmen’ chase 101 Dalmatian puppies through the streets of Longsight in celebration of playwright and novelist Dodie Smith, who spent her childhood in Manchester.

The festival took place on Rushford Street, with a huge range of free activities and workshops. From book swapping to bike decorating, belly dancing to rickshaw riding, this was a family occasion with something to suit everyone.

Phil Mellen, Principal of Stanley Grove Primary Academy, said: “I’d like to thank all the staff, students, and families who came to our festival and helped to make it such a fantastic and successful day. It was a great opportunity for our school to engage with the local community in an exciting and educational celebration of literature.”

Stanley Grove Primary Academy is a member of the Bright Futures Educational Trust. Bright Futures, which counts schools at all age groups across the North West amongst its membership, is dedicated to providing a world-class education for its students through diverse opportunities as well as a traditional curriculum. 

Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust, said: “I’d like to congratulate Phil and the team at Stanley Grove Primary Academy for all their hard work in putting together this exciting event. It was a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate Manchester’s literary heritage in a way that was fun and engaging, creating a strong sense of community spirit.”

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