There was an assembly with a difference at English Martyrs School last week as Pools stars Jason Kennedy and Michael Raynes dropped in to surprise two dedicated members of staff.

Deputy Head, Paul Dickson, got in touch with the Club to let us know about the tireless work carried out by Site Manager, Mick Dempsey and his assistant Ryan George as they moved to a brand new building in recent months.

Mick and Ryan are both massive Pools fans so we decided to send a couple of players along to help the school and its pupils pay tribute to their efforts in a special assembly.

“At English Martyrs, we’ve just taken the keys to a brand new building so we’re starting an exciting new chapter – but it is also the end of a gruelling and tiring time for the staff,” Deputy Head Paul explained.

“Mick, who is due to retire soon, and Ryan have shown superhuman commitment to work every hour of every day for the last eight weeks to get equipment we needed from the old building over in to the new one.

“Like me and lots of the other staff here, Mick and Ryan are both Pools daft Season Ticket holders so we wanted to do something a little special to recognise their efforts and show our appreciation.

“We called an assembly for our Year 7 pupils and told Mick and Ryan that they needed to come along because we were going to be doing a talk on keeping the school tidy – but really it was to surprise them with the visit from Jason and Michael!

“It was brilliant to see their reaction when they realised and I want to thank the lads for coming along straight from training to help us pay tribute to our unsung heroes at the school.”

The two Pools stars presented some gifts to Mick and Ryan before they were given a massive – and well-deserved – ovation from the gathered pupils.

“We were delighted to go along and help the school say thank you.” said Raynes.

“The new school is looking absolutely outstanding and plenty of that is down to the hard graft that Mick and Ryan have put in over the last couple of months.

“It was a pleasure to meet everyone there and we wish them both all the best, particularly Mick as he enjoys his well-earned retirement.”

Photo and Story Credit: Mark Simpson, Hartlepool United.