Drumming sensation Caelan wins talent contest

Drummer Caelan Salmon who was crowned the winner of a Ribble Valley junior talent contest - Raise 2016. (s)
Drummer Caelan Salmon who was crowned the winner of a Ribble Valley junior talent contest - Raise 2016. (s)

Drummer boy Caelan Salmon hit the right note to be crowned the winner of a Ribble Valley junior talent contest.

Raise 2016 saw a dozen Ribble Valley schools compete for the title, including talented dancers and singers, who together raised a bumper £3,251 for the Grand’s charity, the Solomon Project.

Caelan (11) has been playing the drums since he was six and recently joined the Grand’s Be My Band project, the theatre’s music tuition initiative.

A keen footballer with Clitheroe Wolves FC, Caelan also turns out for his school team, Bolton-by-Bowland Primary School.

Caelan, whose favourite band is Stone Roses, said: “I love playing drums, and I’m very proud to win Raise.”

Maddie Clarkson from Pendle Primary School was the Raise runner-up while brothers Charlie and Toby Birtwistle from Whalley CE Primary carried off the third prize.

Louise England, the Grand’s primary schools’ co-ordinator, said: “The talent was amazing and to raise over £3,000 for the charity shows the commitment of all the schools and the young people involved with Raise.

“The aim of the event is to raise the profile and awareness of the Solomon Project’s work in Africa, and the feedback we had from the schools has been fantastic.

“All the children in Raise were winners.”