COUGHS and sneezes spread diseases, so the saying goes, but in Middlesbrough the message is being put to music.

Parents and toddlers are presenting a musical story exploring how we catch colds and spread germs.

They have been working with a professional singer and a group of musicians, setting the murky world of germs and bacteria to song.

The result, Microbe Aria, is being presented at St. Joseph's Primary School, Marton Road, Middlesbrough at 10am, on Monday.

Di Pollitt, children's services locality manager for central Middlesbrough, said: "I'm delighted the project has been such a success. Singing is a wonderful way to come together as a community and this approach has also helped very young children learn some important health messages in a memorable way."

Schools and Sure Start centres involved in the Microbe Aria project are Beechwood Primary, Marton Grove Primary, St Joseph's RC Primary, Grove Hill Sure Start, Thorntree Sure Start, Thorntree Primary School, and Brambles Farm Sure Start centre.