Kids get stuck into school meals

Kids have been going crazy over a series of brightly coloured stickers featuring crazy food-based characters created by Gateshead Council.

Child with sticker

The stickers, which have been handed out by catering staff to reward healthy choices, have been going down a storm - and children have been clearing their plates in double-quick time in a bid to collect 35 all different characters!

Head of School Catering Michael Lamb says: "We came up with the idea for stickers as a way to introduce a bit of fun at mealtimes, but also to encourage good behaviour.

"Dinner time can sometimes be a little daunting to younger children and I know our staff work really hard to make school dinners fun and enjoyable. These stickers give them something they can use to reward and encourage good behaviour."