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Make this summer a special one

FOR many families this weekend marks the real start of summer as the last schools shut their gates for the season. And though the sort of exotic holidays some may have once enjoyed are beyond reach now, there are plenty of memories to be made at home.

The fact is, there is no need for expensive treats when a lazy summer of long days stretches ahead.

For each childhood summer can seem like a lifetime; endless days of playing in green spaces on estates or on the kerbside, of bikes and skateboards and skinned knees, of rounders, kick the can and first kisses.

Childhood summers need not cost the earth but they can mean the world and we should make this one something our children will be nostalgic for in years to come.

For the last lock turning on a classroom door has bought something priceless for our young, the freedom to play all day.