Schoolchildren from Borehamwood met some slithery celebrities from the showbusiness world at the Environmental Health Christmas Fair in Hertsmere.
Only these particular stars of film and television were small, scaly and, for some people, rather frightening.
Almost 400 pupils had the opportunity to handle snakes, spiders, turtles and millipedes from Hertfordshire-based firm Animals Work at the annual extravaganza at the Civic Offices in Borehamwood today. The company specialises in supplying animals for film and television work, as well as parties and corporate events.
The fair teaches children about the impact of noise pollution and the importance of recycling, exercise, healthy eating and food hygiene through interactive displays.
The children were also given guidance on washing their hands to ensure good personal hygiene.
In addition, they had a go at shouting in a noise booth to learn about different decibel levels; found out about the different types of bees that exist; took part in crafts using recycled materials and raced each other during a step aerobic challenge.
Hertsmere’s Mayor, Cllr Alan Plancey came along to meet the children and join in the fun. He said: “It is always great to see the joy and enthusiasm on the faces of the children who attend the Environmental Health fair, which has been running for many years now.
“They showed no fear when handling some quite scary insects and learned some important lessons along the way about food safety, hygiene and healthy eating.
“The event also showcases the work of our Environmental Health staff and their impact on our daily lives, particularly in the areas of food safety and hygiene, health and safety in the workplace, pest control and pollution control.
“I’m confident the fair will continue to be a success for many years to come.”
Other organisations which attended were Hertfordshire Constabulary and Inspire All.
Posted on Friday 6th December 2019