School children from Ashington and other countries have had a cuddle from the Dulux dog on their visit to the state-of-the-art AkzoNobel facility in the town.

Pupils from Bothal Primary School are part of the ERASMUS+ scheme, which is a European funded programme, designed to enable schools from other countries to work together on different projects.

Bothal Primary School was responsible for hosting the recent visit of children from Germany, Italy and Poland as they work together to design a playground for the future.

The children were treated to a site tour of AkzoNobel, on Ashwood Business Park, which included an interactive colour workshop, a virtual reality experience as well as the surprise visit from the iconic Dulux dog

The ERASMUS+ initiative commenced in 2017 with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Leanne Johnson, Assistant Head of the school said  ‘We thought about the different activities that we could plan around the theme of ‘design’ and given that the world’s most advanced paint factory is right on our doorstep, we thought it would be a shame not to include AkzoNobel in the itinerary. The day we spent on site with the team from AkzoNobel was a huge success.’