Schoolchildren from Borehamwood were able to meet some 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.
More than 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 (6 December).
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; produced their own nutritious drink using pedal power on a smoothie-making bike and found out about the different types of bees that exist.
Hertsmere’s Mayor, Cllr Brenda Batten came along to meet the children and join in the fun.
She said: “It is always great to see the joy and enthusiasm in 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 animals 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 Fire and Rescue, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Inspire All.
A video is also available of the children trying out a noise booth at the fair.
Hertsmere Borough Council is grateful to the following organisations that helped with the successful running of the day: Willows Farm, Pizza Hut, Tesco, Rowse Honey, Paradise Wildlife Park, Whitworth Raisins, Costco, Sainsbury, The Radlett Centre, Halfords, the Wyllyotts Centre, 96 Shenley Road, Churchill’s Confectionery, Fruit Bowl school bars, Reel cinema and McDonald’s.
Posted on Thursday 6th December 2018