STUDENTS at West Craven High School in Barnoldswick spent a lunch hour recently planting 2,000 crocus bulbs as part of a worldwide campaign to end the disease polio.

The bulbs, purchased by Barnoldswick and Earby Rotary Club, will herald spring when the flowers are due to appear on edging grass across the road from the school.

The resulting blooms will be purple in colour, which will symbolise Rotary International's campaign to eradicate polio worldwide.

A spokesperson for the Rotary Club said: "A mass immunisation programme continues among at risk-youngsters to protect them from polio, which can result in paralysis or a fatal infection. The programme has been successful with only a handful of cases occurring at present in Afghanistan and Pakistan. So Rotary's aim is to "End Polio Now". And the campaign goes on."