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School bans governor's choc treat

Hartley Peters
Chocs away: Hartley Peters says he is disappointed about the ban

A 92-year-old school governor has been told he can no longer give chocolate to children at a Cornish school, because of a drive to promote healthy eating.

Hartley Peters has been handing out chocolate to children at Mawnan Church of England Primary School for more than 10 years.

Every week Mr Peters would bring in Kit Kats, until this term when he was told his treats were not welcome.

Now he is bringing in a healthy alternative, raisins.

No choice

Mr Peters said: "They liked me because I brought in the Kit Kats.

"I would have been the same at their age - everyone likes a present.

"I was disappointed I could not carry on bringing in my chocolates."

Head teacher Randall Brook said the school had no choice because of government guidelines on healthy eating.

He said: "On one side we are educating children about the importance of healthy eating so we could not be seen to be providing chocolate which is obviously not healthy eating."

Pupils at the school appeared to be resigned to the new food regime.

"I don't miss it very much," said one as he tucked into his raisins.




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