Monday 21 November is the start of National Road Safety week. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and their colleagues in the Community Safety Unit (CSU) are fully supporting the campaign with a full week of related events.
Each day during the week, the CSU will visit two different schools at drop off and pick up times to talk about road safety with pupils and their parents. A mobile police station will be situated outside the schools and will be attended by Kent County Council Community Wardens, the council’s Community Safety team, and Kent Police officers and PCSOs. With the evenings getting darker they will be handing out free reflective bands to the children.
A free road safety show featuring ‘The Smart Brothers’ is being performed at the Assembly Hall Theatre on Thursday 24 November for local primary schools, The Smart Brothers Road Safety Show is a Theatre in Education’ presentation. Stuart Clark and Jason Perry play Freddie and Eddie Smart, two brothers who are ‘smart’ when it comes to crossing the road. Or are they…??
Stuart and Jason combine over thirty years of performance knowledge to produce an unforgettable educational experience. Utilising their background in street performance, corporate entertainment and cabaret, the show is by turns, funny, skilful and entertaining, whilst never losing sight of its main aim; to educate the audience and make them safer on the road. Using a mixture of juggling, unicycling, circus skills and song, along with plenty of audience participation, the Smart Brothers Road Safety Show will stay with the children long after Freddie and Eddie have gone home. Kent Fire & Rescue Service, the CSU, and two related charities: Brake and Headway will have representatives on hand at the theatre to talk to the young people about road safety.
Championing this event is Cllr Caroline Derrick who also works regularly with safety charity Brake, she says:
“This is a real opportunity for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to lead the way in educating the younger generation to dangers on the road. We grew up with things like The Tufty Club and ‘clunk, click every trip’, and now I think it’s time we reintroduced the same sort of messages, especially as there are more drivers on our roads and faster cars. We need to know that children are fully aware of the dangers of the road.”
This event will mark the start of a borough-wide road safety project which will carry on for at least the next year with various events taking place throughout the period.