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Plea for pupils to be tough; SANDWELL: World strongman champ takes bullying campaign to schools.

Byline: By Dale Williams

PUPILS at six schools in Sandwell have had a visit from the former World's Strongest Man Dave Gauder to urge them to be strong in the face of bullying.

And Dave, who held 26 individual world strength records in his career, got their attention with a bit of brawn by showing how he can pull a double-decker bus.

The roadshows were organised by the BT Better World Campaign and part of the BT Sandwell partnership.

The Better World Campaign works with children all over the UK to help them improve their skills as communicators. Dealing with bullies is an important part.

Coun Ian Jones, Sandwell Council's cabinet member for children and young people, said: "This was a great opportunity for these schools to get a visit from Big Dave who is an inspiring speaker and great role model.

"We hope that what they learned in the BT workshops will help them deal with a huge range of issues. Developing their skills as communicators is one of the most important things we can do for our children."

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Date:Feb 12, 2008
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