Entertainer Olly Day’s “magic” road safety show is due to celebrate 1,000 school visits in March.
The latest West Norfolk youngsters to enjoy the performances included pupils at primary schools in Gaywood, Lynn (Whitefriars), Fairstead, Terrington St Clement, Terrington St John, Ashwicken, Watlington and Marshland St James.
Olly and his show have been criss-crossing Norfolk for 20 years. He now visits six schools a week, teaching children how to be safe on the roads with a mixture of jokes, conjuring tricks and serious advice.
He said: “Sometimes I entertain 250 children, sometimes just 30, but the message is still the same. It’s still as important as ever. Ten children a week are injured on the roads in Norfolk. It’s a sobering thought.”
The show focuses on encouraging children to wear cycle helmets and seat belts.
Olly, 49, of Norwich, said: “We still teach them to ‘stop, look and listen, ‘be bright at night,’ and ‘be seen, be safe.’ They join in and I love to see them getting excited when they see magic up close.”
He never tires of all the travelling. “The nice thing about doing this is you get the chance to go out and really see the county. It’s always lovely coming to Lynn and the Fens,” he said.
The headteacher of Gaywood Primary School, Paul Shanks, said: “The children found Olly extremely entertaining. He manages to get across an extremely important message in a light-hearted way. They won’t forget his visit.”
Magician Olly Day with pupils of Gaywood Primary School
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