Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's Bike to School for Si and Dave ; PICK OF THE DAY OLD SCHOOL WITH THE HAIRY BIKERS BBC2 9pm

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's Bike to School for Si and Dave ; PICK OF THE DAY OLD SCHOOL WITH THE HAIRY BIKERS BBC2 9pm

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HAIRY bikers Dave Myers and Si King hated school. "The first day back was a stomach-churning experience," says Dave, while Si describes it as filled with "desperation and dread".

So it's with complete understanding of the challenges some teenagers face, that they enter a low-achieving school to see if a bold experiment can help change its fortunes.

It's a bit of a departure for the pair, who usually lark about cooking food, but their genuine empathy and charm fit right in.

So to the crux of the matter - the school, in Oxford, is pairing 12 teenagers with 12 pensioners for one term to see if this can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

With pensioners often lonely and isolated by society, and young people facing pressure to succeed, bullying and rising mental health problems, could each generation boost the other's self-esteem? …

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