Pupils’ song is part of local history

Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate and Clitheroe Town Mayor Maureen Fenton visited Clitheroes St James CE Primary School to listen to the Year Five children perform their Clitheroe song entitled The Keeper of Clitheroe.
Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate and Clitheroe Town Mayor Maureen Fenton visited Clitheroes St James CE Primary School to listen to the Year Five children perform their Clitheroe song entitled The Keeper of Clitheroe.

Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate and Clitheroe Town Mayor Maureen Fenton visited Clitheroe’s St James’ CE Primary School to listen to the Year Five children perform their Clitheroe song entitled “The Keeper of Clitheroe”.

The children composed the song with the help of the well known folk band The Young Uns.

The song details the history of Clitheroe from the eyes of the Clitheroe Castle.

The project, which has spread out over a year, was the idea of David Brookhouse, Heritage Learning Manager, of the Libraries, Museums, Culture and Registrars Service.

His idea was that children from local schools undertake historical research of their town or area and create a folk song which would be recorded. They used the children’s ideas and research and put a song together.

They later returned with a recording team and put the song to a CD.

The finale, was to perform their song, along with other primary and secondary schools at the Guild Hall in Preston. The show was recorded and this will be accompanied by a book detailing all the children’s research. The CD and book will be offered to all schools in Lancashire as a learning tool for local history.

Mrs Wenborn, the teacher involved with the project at St James’, said: “This project was the first of its kind, and everyone had an amazing time. The children learnt such a lot, not just about their local town, but also how artists create songs and how to perform in front of an audience.”