Folk band helps primary school pupils record a song

St James' CE Primary School Year Five pupils working with The Young Uns.
St James' CE Primary School Year Five pupils working with The Young Uns.

Pupils at a Clitheroe primary school penned and recorded a song as part of a local history project.

Youngsters at St James’ CE Primary school were invited to take part in the project Lancashire Sings by David Brookhouse, the Heritage Learning Manager from the libraries and museum service.

The project aimed to fire the imagination of the pupils taking part to learn more about the history of the local area. The first step involved researching and collecting information on the history of Clitheroe and Clitheroe Castle. Once the information had been gathered the aim was to write a folk song about the local area.

All pupils in Year Five took part and to help them write the song, the folk band The Young Uns came into school to help them write, perform and then professionally record the song.

The song titled, Clitheroe Castle, is written as though through the eyes of the castle describing all the changes it has seen throughout its history.

The culmination of the project is to perform their song along with other schools from the Lancashire area in front of an audience at the Guild Hall, Preston, next year.

Mrs Wenborn, the history co-ordinator, who has overseen this project within school, said: “It’s been an amazing journey for the children, they’ve learnt so much about our local history and had a lot of fun producing the song with The Young Uns.”