Thousands tuck into lunch in Midlothian

Rosewell Primary pupils Lewis Barrowman, Curtis Robert, Jamie Gooch, Jason Smith and Keigan Wilson tuck into Christmas lunch

Rosewell Primary pupils Lewis Barrowman, Curtis Robert, Jamie Gooch, Jason Smith and Keigan Wilson tuck into Christmas lunch

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The hard-working schools’ kitchen teams served up 6409 Christmas lunches for primary pupils and teachers across Midlothian this year.

This would equate to approximately 90 per cent of Midlothian primary pupils tucking into a festive meal.

Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP), the cabinet member with responsibility for school meals, said: “I’m delighted to hear such a high percentage of our children are enjoying a healthy and hearty Christmas lunch.

“Our meals are mainly prepared on site using locally sourced ingredients so I’m not surprised at all they are so popular, not just at Christmas, but all year round.”

Lewis Barrowman, Curtis Robert, Jamie Gooch, Jason Smith and Keigan Wilson are all fans of the Christmas lunch served up at Rosewell Primary.

Curtis said his favourite was the cake for pudding although the turkey was delicious too. All the boys were looking forward to more treats at home over the holidays.

A total of 89 per cent of primary one to primary three pupils in Midlothian have taken up their entitlement to free school meals since the measure was introduced across Scotland in January 2015.

Midlothian Council is working on pushing the figure up even higher.

The new primary school meals menu for the term beginning in January 2016 is now on the council website – www.midlothian.gov.uk/school-meals.

Children can tuck into meals including salmon fillets and chicken supreme.

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