Kids catch an oppor-tuna-ty

Haydn Bowes (5), Diane Springthorpe and Chloe Taylor (9)
Haydn Bowes (5), Diane Springthorpe and Chloe Taylor (9)
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Children from Vivary Bridge Youth Club spent a fin-tastic morning at a special fish workshop at Asda in Colne.

The children were there to celebrate Good Friday, also known as Fish Friday, and learn about the health benefits and importance of a balanced diet that seafood brings to the table.

Fishmonger Dawn Cookson (left with salmon) joins the Colne Asda's community champion Diane Springthorpe and children from Vivary Bridge Youth Club.

Fishmonger Dawn Cookson (left with salmon) joins the Colne Asda's community champion Diane Springthorpe and children from Vivary Bridge Youth Club.

The Colne store’s fishmonger, Dawn Cookson, taught the children how to prepare a fish and explained their day-to-day role at on the popular fish counter - which holds a variety of fresh fish ranging from salmon to sole, haddock to hake and mussels to mackerel.

The children finished off their morning in the store’s community room with community champion, Diane Springthorpe, who discussed the seasonality of different fruit and vegetables with the children and even provided them with some healthy snacks.

Diane said: “Fresh fish is a very important part of a balanced diet and our fish counter is always really popular with our loyal customers.

“We loved having the children from Vivary Bridge Youth Club at the store.

Colne Asdas fishmonger Dawn Cookson with Lucas Cowley (6)

Colne Asdas fishmonger Dawn Cookson with Lucas Cowley (6)

“They had a fantastic morning learning all about fresh fish with our fishmonger, Dawn, who even showed the children how to prepare a fish properly and how the different types of fish can be eaten. Hopefully they’ll be adding fish to their dinner plates in the future!”

James Smart, youth club leader at Vivary Bridge Youth Club, said: “Asda Colne has been very supportive throughout the life of the youth club - nothing has been too much trouble from assisting with fund-raising to having the children in for healthy eat tours and lots more.

“It just shows that Asda is not just a supermarket but a hub for the local community.”