HUNDREDS of school children filled the streets of Helsby to try to break the record for the largest walking bus.

Children at Helsby Hillside Primary School walked through the streets of the village to promote road safety and healthy living.

Teachers and support staff joined the 216 pupils to take part in the short walk, which they hope will encourage drivers to stop speeding through the village so children will be safe to walk to school.

Headteacher Craig Richardson said: “All the children in the school took part in the walk, it was great, really great.

“The school is on a 40mph road and a lot of people do speed, we wanted to show that there are children around this area and so drivers need to be more vigilant and slow down.”

The walk was part of a national world record attempt by Brake, the national road safety charity, where 100,000 children took part in a giant walking bus.

The campaign is hoped to stop drivers speeding on roads near schools and encourage children to walk to school.