Band battle

Pontefract police are launching a Battle of the Bands event, where pupils at schools across the town are writing crime prevention themed songs and raps.'Sophie Tawn, Joe Greenwood, Irene Fleming, Kareem Hunter, Sgt Alan Studd, Joshua Hall, Pedro Gaio

Pontefract police are launching a Battle of the Bands event, where pupils at schools across the town are writing crime prevention themed songs and raps.'Sophie Tawn, Joe Greenwood, Irene Fleming, Kareem Hunter, Sgt Alan Studd, Joshua Hall, Pedro Gaio

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PUPILS from schools across the Five Towns hope to hit the high notes in a “battle of the bands” showdown.

Officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) have challenged students to pen their own tracks about anti-social behaviour, crime, drugs or bullying for a competition at Pontefract’s The King’s School on Sunday July 3. The three best entries will be played on Ridings FM radio station for listeners to vote which song they like best.

Sgt Alan Studd, event organiser, said: “This is very much about celebrating what is good within the community – a recognition that there is a lot of talent out there and that some of these youngsters will go on to become role models.

“I’m hoping that this will be a lifetime memory for those involved on the day and who knows, we may just launch the career of the next big chart band.”

South Kirkby-based Backstage Academy and its parent group LS Live have sponsored the event and the winning group will get a VIP tour of its facilities. The band will also receive ten hours’ recording time at Castleford’s Demon Studios and 200 copies of their song on CD.

Doors open at 2pm with the bands on stage from 4pm. Tickets will be available at the school’s Ackworth Road entrance on the day and cost £2 for adults and £1 for under 18s. All money raised will be donated to Pontefract’s Prince Of Wales Hospice.