Lillington Nursery and Primary School “Sing for Safety”

Eleven students at a Leamington nursery and primary school performed three fire awareness songs at a memorable tenth Warwickshire Crimebeat High Sheriff Awards.

The “Singing for Safety” pupils from Year 1 through to Year Six at Lillington Nursery and Primary School in Cubbington Road were part of the annual scheme which is designed to raise awareness of crime among young people in Warwickshire and make their communities a safer place.

They took to the stage at North Leamington Community School and Arts College in Sandy Lane, Blackdown, Leamington, in front of around 250 people to mark a decade of Warwickshire Crimebeat which is managed by private company Positive About Young People.

Ten-year-old Alicia Bicknell sang “Wiser” which she had written with teaching assistant Francis Newman, “Fire Rap” was performed by 11-year-olds Wahid Uzzaman, Taylor Paskin and Declan MacWilliam and 10-year-old Charlie May before a total of 11 pupils performed “Firefighters” to the Ghostbusters theme tune. Teacher Robbie Fortune utilised his musical talent and helped coach the children and conducted the singers on the evening.

Teacher Richard Wenmouth said the students had come up with the idea themselves of writing and performing songs to educate people about the dangers of fire.

He said: “We have been to Warwickshire Fire Station in Leamington to perform the songs and the firefighters thought it was amazing and they have told me they keep playing the songs.

“We have also uploaded demos of the tracks to the school’s website and we have already had over 1,000 hits. Details of how to get a copy are on the website.

“We went to Woodbine recording studios in Leamington where The Specials have recorded songs so it has been a really amazing experience.”