MERSEYSIDE'S Spice Girl Mel C today backed the fight to save her old school.
The ECHO last month revealed how Fairfield High school, Widnes, faced closure as part of a proposed Halton council shake-up.
But today the Whiston-born singer, a pupil there from 1985 to 1990, said she backed parents' call to keep the academically-sound school open.
In a statement to parents she said she hopes her support will "help your campaign" adding: "My time at Fairfield High was fantastic."
Sporty Spice Mel, who is rejoining her bandmates for a reunion world tour, spoke warmly about her days at the school renowned for its emphasis on performing arts.:
She said: "Not only did I
Mel adds spice to her school's bid to beat axe
was delighted Mel had joined the fight to save a school where its five A* to C GCSE pass rate has risen from 36% to 46% this year.
He said: "I have seen Mel's statement and am delighted she has given her support and spoken so nicely about school.
"We just want the council to make a decision based on the long term."
The council said consultation is ongoing.
Its executive board meets in November when it could proceed with its plans or send them back to the drawing board
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leave with a great education, I was able to pursue my love of performing arts and sport. Both departments were brilliant - kept me busy and out of trouble."
Council chiefs want to "federate" the school on the site of Wade Deacon High and close Fairfield within five years as part of a £100m rebuilding programme.
Dwindling pupil numbers -with its roll dropping from 1,150 to 700 since 1999 - mean it is in line for the axe.
But headteacher Jeff Hughes joined parents to ask the council to re-think the plans believing a rise in birth rates would overcome the current pupil shortage.
And Mr Hughes said he
I'LL TELL YOU WHAT I WANT: Mel C wants her old school to stay open and backs Fairfield High head Jeff Hughes in his campaign to beat the axe