SLIDESHOW: Schools join forces to dazzle with a very special show

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‘These children are amazing, the problems they overcome, to see them in humbling yet inspirational’

These “amazing” youngsters wowed in a spring concert spectacular.

It's showtime: Children from Pear Tree and The Willows

It's showtime: Children from Pear Tree and The Willows

Children from the Fylde coast’s six special schools, Great Arley and Red Marsh, in Thornton, Pear Tree, in Kirkham, and Highfurlong, Park and Woodlands, in Blackpool, joined together for the annual special schools spring concert.

Some 100 schoolchildren played to an equal-sized audience at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, on Friday afternoon, presenting a mixture of singing, signing and dancing.

Event organiser Jeffrey Meadows, of Blackpool South Rotary Club, sang the children’s praises.

He said: “The concert well exceptionally well, all six schools were wonderful.

“These children are amazing. With the problems they overcome, to see them is humbling yet inspirational.

“They’re doing what any other child would do and their energy and enthusiasm is amazing.”

Park School’s brass band opened proceedings with an instrumental number before Great Arley’s rock band took the stage by storm.

Pupils from Pear Tree school were joined by friends from nearby The Willows Primary School, Kirkham, to perform an Irish medley dance.

Then Red Marsh pupils took to the stage to perform a song by popstar Katy Perry as a singing and signing choir.

And Highfurlong, Park and Woodlands pupils joined together, all dressed as superheroes, to do a superhero-themed number.

Local dignitaries, the mayors and mayoresses of Wyre and Fylde and the deputy mayor of Blackpool, and friends and family then joined children for a disco in the show venue.

The event is organised by trustees of the Superintendent Gerald Richardson Memorial Youth Trust, established in memory of a Blackpool policeman killed in the line of duty, to promote youth activities.

Mr Meadows added: “We do lots of things to help but I think this is one of the outstanding things we do.

“The stars of the show making it happen are those amazing 
children and all their parents and school staff.”