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Blackburn with Darwen teens urged to keep testing for Covid over summer holidays

A CAMPAIGN to encourage young people to keep up their coronavirus testing over the summer school holiday has been acrobatically launched by 13-year-old Darcey Merrick.

She is the first teenager to record a video for a new Blackburn with Darwen Council social media campaign.

It has launched a summer competition across TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to encourage young people aged 11 and upwards to continue their twice-weekly lateral flow tests.

Prizes will be given each week to the most creative test-takers and each weekly winner will go into a draw for the chance to win £1,000 to spend at the Apple store. Entries should tag Blackburn with Darwen Council in their post with the hashtag #BestTest.

Darcey’s entry shows her performing back flips at theBlackburn with Darwen Acrobatic Gymnastics Club before conducting her Covid-19 test.

Her coach Nicola Bradley said: “Acrobatic gymnastics is a team sport. As a club we encourage the gymnasts to regularly test to keep each other safe.This is a fantastic way of getting young people involved.”

Cllr Julie Gunn, the council’s education boss, said: “We know that our young people suffered during the pandemic, with periods of self-isolation and missing the social side of growing up. We want them to have the best summer, that’s why we’re suggesting they #BestTest.”