LOOKING back to the week that was May 13 to 18, 20 years ago...

CHILDREN'S TV presenter Kirsten O'Brien returned to her old school in the North-East, in May 2004.

The presenter popped back to talk about a trip to India where she saw how the money raised by Sport Relief 2002 is being spent.

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She called into Nunthorpe Primary School, Middlesbrough, in time for the children's Sport Relief Mile activities in May 2004, including an attempt to break the four minute mile by ten children covering the distance in a relay.

Kirsten went to two projects in India supported by Sport Relief - Alternative India Development and the Railway Children and Seed.

Deputy headteacher Scott McFarlane said: "The sporting activities really excited the children. We tried to beat the four-minute mile with a relay effort, but the best time we got was four minutes 22.

"Even so, it was still great fun and in total we have run about 300 miles today. I believe we are the first school to take part in a Sport Relief event for this year's event, which is quite an achievement for our school. "All in all it was an excellent day and the children have really enjoyed learning more about India, especially as they are learning about the country."

A milk bar installed at a Darlington school proved popular with pupils, 20 years ago.

The bar, which was launched at Branksome Comprehensive School, did a brisk trade in glasses of fresh milk, flavoured milk, salads, fruit and bottles of water.

The town's then-MP, Alan Milburn, officially opened the bar, which had the backing of the Milk Marketing Board.

He also presented staff and pupils with a Healthy Schools Award.

Headteacher Howard Gilfillan said the bar was installed to promote healthy eating and drinking.

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"The milk bar has been a roaring success, " he said. "On the first break we sold 83 glasses of fresh, cold milk, and 176 with flavouring.

"There was another reason for the investment and that was to encourage the pupils to want to remain in school during lunchtime.

"We now serve one-third more pupils than we did at the end of last term."