JOHN Prescott praised the work of youngsters from four schools when he visited Northwich on Monday.
He met 48 pupils from Witton Church Walk Primary, Rudheath Primary, Charles Darwin Primary and Victoria Road Primary at Northwich Memorial Hall.
They had been working on an art project to depict impressions of Northwich past and future, and Mr Prescott spent 20 minutes talking to them. At one point he even joined in their work and Victoria Road pupil Laura Cross, aged 10, managed to leave with his signature!
He said: 'The children's views are very important.
'I was delighted to hear what they have to say about it (the town) and to see their work - and it is clear that this community is rooted in what children are doing.'
Maureen Tolefree, headteacher at Witton Church Walk, said she was delighted the youngsters have been involved in the project.
She said: 'It is important because it is these children who are going to be the future.'