Tweedmouth pupils get to visit nuclear power station

Tweedmouth Middle School pupils visited Torness power station as part of its open learning week.

Thursday, 5th January 2017, 8:39 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:11 pm
Pupils from Tweedmouth Middle School, Berwick-upon-Tweed at Torness

They were among 150 children from several schools able to get up close to one of the on-site fire engines, take part in fire extinguisher training and given the opportunity to learn about radiation protection.

The children were able to try on the protective coveralls that workers use in some of the radiation-controlled areas.

Pupils also heard from some of EDF Energy’s apprentices and graduates who work at the power station and were able to test out their communication skills by helping each other complete a maze while wearing ‘misty eye’ goggles which simulate being in a smoke-filled room.

Station director Paul Winkle said: “This is the fourth time our visitor centre has held the Christmas Cracker week and it is always a great event. The children enjoy the range of activities that are available on the day and it is an excellent opportunity for us to let people know about how the station operates and the different kinds of work we do on site.”

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Visitor centre coordinator Faith Scott said: “We were delighted to welcome so many children through the doors. The fire engine and the visit from the officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary both proved to be the real highlights for many of the children.”