Kate"s plans for school visit unaffected by fire

The Manchester Primary school Kate Middleton is due to visit has been left devestated following an arson attack. The Willows Primary School in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, was horrified to see that arsonists had set fire to their £40,000 playground just hours after they announced Kate”s visit.

The Duchess of Cambridge, whose visit on 23 April will still go ahead, had been due to see the playground and climbing frame known as “The Fort” which was destroyed in the fire.

Local residents and businesses, as well as staff at The Willows Primary School, are standing up against the deliberate blaze and plan to rebuild the playground in time for the royal visit.

“We”re determined to rebuild the fort with the help of the local community and others,” said head teacher Ann Whitehead, “and have had offers already from companies wanting to help us with this.”

“We were all devastated when we heard about the fire,” she added, “but we”re not going to let them beat us.”

Three boys, all 13, have been arrested on suspicion of arson in response to the fire.