Stop, look and listen - as if by magic!

Around 3,500 Aberdeenshire primary pupils - including those at schools in Deeside and Donside - are to learn practical road safety skills through magic with a series of shows to take place at schools across the area from October 31 to November 11.

The Road Safety Magic Show is one of many initiatives run by Aberdeenshire Council to educate school pupils about road safety.

The initiative is now in the third year of a three-year rolling program in Aberdeenshire which means all primary 1-3 pupils (approx 8,300) will have seen the show, following this year’s run. Pupils will enjoy a performance of ‘Road Safety as if by Magic’ by Scottish Champions of State Magic, Alan Innes and Allan Petrie, of Allansmagic.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle said: “As the nights are getting darker it is important for the council to continue to reinforce the message of road safety. These magic shows are an excellent way of conveying that message as they are fun and memorable for the pupils.”

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Richard Stroud added: “It is important that our pupils are educated about road safety and that young people are equipped with the necessary skills so that they are aware of traffic when they are taking the journey to and from school.

“Developing road safety awareness at a young age in such an engaging way is to be commended and I’m delighted that the programme will have reached so many pupils when it finishes this year as it makes sure pupils are safer on our roads.”

The one-hour show focuses on getting the key message over to younger children to ‘stop, look, listen and think’ and has been organised by Aberdeenshire Council’s school travel planning teams in partnership with Grampian Police’s road safety unit.

The show will also address topics such as using road crossings, holding hands to cross the road as well as walking and cycling safely with special guests ‘Vern the Bird’ and ‘Robbie the Dog’ who will sing to children about the Green Cross Code.

Magician Alan Innes is looking forward to promoting the road safety message around Aberdeenshire and said: “I’m glad to be back working with schools in Aberdeenshire, where the show all began, for yet another year. We now run this show up and down the country and have just returned from doing it in London, it is very clear that children respond so well to learning by having fun.

“The hard work we put into the show really pays off when you see the children learning such important messages and enjoying it at the same time. We’re really enthusiastic about doing ‘Road Safety as if by Magic’ again this year!”

It will be shown at a number of schools, including Craigievar, Rhynie, Torphins, Ballater and Aboyne.