Brid school is nation’s top performer

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There were tears of joy and happiness when Bridlington’s Quay Academy primary school were crowned national champions of Rock Challenge.

A total of 94 pupils from years three to six put in the performance of their lives to win the primary school’s section at the event held at Grimsby Auditorium last week.

Teacher and Rock Challenge coordinator Beth Marshall said: “If only we could have bottled up the moment and kept it forever! We were speechless and absolutely thrilled to be national champions.”

The school also won other awards including for sound track, set design and costume, in its performance entitled “Live While We’re Young” which explored the theme of living each day to the full. It culminated with a dance routine to the song of the same title by One Direction.

Meanwhile, pupils from Headlands School scooped awards for sound track, concept and lighting with their performance in the northern area grand final of the secondary schools section.

The whole event, which took place between June 5 and 7, involved more than 3,000 young people from 36 schools, from across the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Humberside Police Chief Constable Justine Curran QPM said: “Since arriving in Humberside I have heard so much about Rock Challenge I thought it would be hard to live up to. But what I have seen and been part of tonight has been truly outstanding.”

Rock Challenge is an initiative set up by the police to empower young people to discover new skills through performing arts. It also gives them a platform in which to shine at some of the region’s most prestigious venues.

It also aims to educate young people about harm and risk posed by alcohol, tobacco and substance misuse.