Pupils in Wigan are to be given lessons in pie–making to emphasise its proud local history. This is from the Telegraph…
Council officials believe that pie production holds such historical significance that pupils will be taught about its heritage and how pies are made.
The manufacture of sweet and savoury pastry dishes in Wigan dates back to the founding of the Pooles Pies factory in 1847.
The company has signed a deal with the Labour–run council to serve its pies, pastries and puddings in schools, and will also offer special classes.
Pie taster sessions, farm visits and lessons on how the pies are made are already being planned.
Pupils will also be given the chance to help develop new pies.
Debbie Clarke, service manager at Wigan council’s catering and facilities provider, MetroFresh, said the collaboration would enable youngsters to learn how food is produced.
She said: “Poole’s Pies has an outstanding reputation and their products are popular in homes and public venues across the country.
“This collaboration is a fantastic opportunity to educate young people in product development and we are keen to work with Pooles and pupils to devise a healthy, tasty product for our schools.”
The council said pies compared favourably with other lunchtime favourites in terms of calorie count.
David Molyneux, Wigan council’s deputy leader said: “Wigan council is keen to support local business and to find ways of nurturing partnerships which generate entrepreneurial spirit, economic growth and jobs.”