"We need harmony in Europe, joining us together as one. Countries, nations, governments should stop all their fighting and war. For we need peace and understanding."
So sang Year 9 to 11 pupils at St Patrick's Roman Catholic school in Eccles, Lancashire. Their song, Together, won first prize in the secondary age category of the Euro 96 competition to mark the European Championship football finals which start tomorrow.
Their offering was in sharp contrast to the current beef war xenophobia, as were those of 3,200 other schools which entered the competition organised by the Football Association and the National Union of Teachers to raise awareness of Europe. It also promoted the FA's campaign against racism and anti-social behaviour among fans.
Last Friday 30 schools visited Wembley Stadium to meet Geoff Hurst, who scored the hat-trick in England's World Cup triumph in 1966, the current England captain, David Platt, and former England international Emlyn Hughes.
Cockermouth school in Cumbria came second with a collage and Southlands school in Warwickshire came third with a board game.
In the special school section, Furrowfield in Birtley, County Durham, came first, Black Moss school in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, came second and the West of England school for children with little or no sight, Tonteg, Wales, came third.
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