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Pupils on best behaviour as Mayor of Grantham visits school for first VIP lunch




Children at a Grantham school are being joined by VIPs for their lunches.

The Mayor of Grantham, Councillor Lynda Coutts, was the first VIP to attend lunch at Little Gonerby Infant School last week.

Five children are given the chance to sit at the VIP table with the special guest every week.

The Mayor of Grantham, Coun Lynda Coutts, joins pupils at Little Gonerby Infant School for lunch together with head chef Marie Jones, right. (5550751)
The Mayor of Grantham, Coun Lynda Coutts, joins pupils at Little Gonerby Infant School for lunch together with head chef Marie Jones, right. (5550751)

In order to be chosen to sit at the table, children must be well-behaved, polite and be well-mannered at lunchtimes. They are then given a ticket which is put into a box and five tickets are picked out to choose the lucky pupils to sit at the table with that week’s guest.

The visit by Coun Coutts coincided with National School Meal Week.

The school’s head chef, Marie Jones, said the children were very excited to be visited by the mayor, who joined them for a roast chicken dinner.

Marie said: “The children were very excited and lots of photos were taken. The mayor sat down to have a meal with the children and she had a chat with them afterwards.

“The children have been working very hard and behaving themselves to receive a VIP ticket.”

Marie has worked at the school ever since its new kitchen was built three years ago, allowing hot meals to be prepared on site.

She regularly comes up with new ideas to make meal times more exiting and enjoyable for the children, and in recent years the number of children eating hot meals at lunchtime has shot up to 94 per cent.

Last month, Marie attended the EDUcatering Awards after being nominated for the Primary School Caterer of the Year Award. The ceremony was held at the Royal Garden Hotel in London, where she was one of three finalists up for the award. Although she didn’t win, Marie was very proud to have been nominated and was presented with a certificate.



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