A Marathon stint for performers

Dawn McManus
Dawn McManus
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PERFORMERS in Hartlepool are set to take place in national extravaganza to mark the end of the Paralympic Games.

Ward Jackson Park, in Hartlepool, is set to host the North-East’s flagship event for the nationwide Bandstand Marathon on Sunday, the final day of the Games.

The Bandstand Marathon is the official closing event of the London 2012 Festival. Hundreds of outdoor community concerts take place throughout the UK in a national musical celebration of the London 2012 Games and a fantastic summer of sport and culture.

It will see 11 events taking place across the North-East from 1pm until 5pm to celebrate local youth music talent.

Performers range from 12 to 18 and are all people who have worked with the Hartlepool-based Red Dreams charity that provides mentoring and coaching in the creative arts.

There will be an array of musical styles during the show and performers include Lauren Swales, 12, Dion Watts, 12, Beth Lowery, 15, Elena Larkin, 15, Zoe Angus, 15, Michael Rice, 15, Alisha Watts, 16, Emma Matthews, 16, Lauren French, 16, Nick Dixon, 16, Chloe Gibson, 16, Matty Kitching, 16, Gil Parker, 18, Lewis Murphy, 18, Casey Smith, 18, and Jordan Grylls, 19, as well as Red Dreams vocal coaches Dan Drinkwater and Rick Kitson.

Ward Jackson Park will also join in a collective performance across Bandstand Marathon events nationwide where musicians at each location will perform their own unique rendition of Coldplay’s anthemic hit Viva La Vida.

This will take place simultaneously at 2pm in bandstands across the UK, including the Bandstand on the Olympic Park, before Coldplay’s headline performance at the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony later in the day.

Dawn McManus, who set up Red dreams following the death of her son Kyle from a brain haemorrhage in 2007, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for young, local talent to be a part of the legacy of London 2012, giving our young people the chance to showcase their talents and bring the community together.”