Dads on hand to bridge the age gap in Hartest

THE WEIGHT OF EXPECTATION: Dads took up the challenge to build a bridge out of newspapers as part of a special Father's Day event at Hartest Primary School. Pictured is Philip Goode with his children Ben and Cara.'''MSFP-15-06-12 RA-101
THE WEIGHT OF EXPECTATION: Dads took up the challenge to build a bridge out of newspapers as part of a special Father's Day event at Hartest Primary School. Pictured is Philip Goode with his children Ben and Cara.'''MSFP-15-06-12 RA-101

IT WAS a keenly-fought competition – with rolled newspapers at the ready – but fathers entered with gusto a 50-minute challenge organised by Hartest Primary School on Friday.

Every year, the school invites dads to join their children for a Father’s Day challenge.

Last year, they had to make the tallest town from four sheets of newspaper and, in previous years, they have had to make kites or a vehicle.

But this year they had to construct a self-supporting bridge which spanned at least 40 centimetres and could hold a 500 gram weight in the middle.

Teacher Paula Atkins, who organised the event, said: “We’ve done this for seven or eight years now, and every year people get more and more enthusiastic about doing the challenge.

“This year, we had more than 50 dads take part and they came up with some wonderful bridges with a lot of help from the children.

“Some of them were extremely strong and could hold over one kilogram. There wasn’t an overall winner – all the dads got a certificate.”