Rocking with the Americans

HUNDREDS packed out Hartlepool’s Borough Hall as students joined talented American performers on stage for a spectacular show.

The world-touring Young Americans spent three days in High Tunstall College of Science working with its students and pupils from primary schools across the town.

The Young Americans were joined at the Borough Hall on the Headland by students from High Tunstall College and five primary schools from around the town. FIRST HALF, YOUNG AMERICANS ONLY.

The Young Americans were joined at the Borough Hall on the Headland by students from High Tunstall College and five primary schools from around the town. FIRST HALF, YOUNG AMERICANS ONLY.

And the activity-packed workshops culminated in an all-singing, all-dancing hour long show, wowing an audience of nearly 900 who filled the Headland’s Borough Hall.

From hip-hop dancing to legends of rock, the youngsters put three days of hard work into a fantastic show, described by High Tunstall’s headteacher Mark Tilling as the best he’s ever seen.

Every single High Tunstall student took part in the show as well as youngsters from Hart, St Peter’s Elwick, Eldon Grove, Jesmond Gardens, Throston, Rift House, West Park and Lynnfield primary schools, all in Hartlepool.

They were joined by 42 talented members of the Young Americans, who were welcomed into the town with open arms and spent three days living with families and staff from High Tunstall.

The Young Americans was founded in 1962 and provides music education and performance opportunities to young people around the world.

Mr Tilling, headteacher at High Tunstall College of Science, in the town’s Elwick Road, said: “All of the students from each school performed fantastically and were a credit to themselves, their parents and their schools.

“I have to say it was the best show I have ever seen and to have nearly 900 family members rocking and rolling was fabulous to see. The standing ovation at the end said it all.”