Taking a step back in time

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Hundreds of youngsters will be taking to the stage at Preston’s Guild Hall next week for a special event.

The pupils, from more than 20 primary schools across Central Lancashire, will be taking part in the annual Preston School Music Festival.

This year the popular show is celebrating its 70th anniversary – and for producer/technical director Brian Berry it will be his 50th production.

Former school teacher and children’s entertainer Brian said that what started out as a choral event for a handful of Preston schools in 1949 has changed dramatically over the years.

Although choirs – and recorder players – still play a big part in the showcase, movement and dance are now a major part of every production.

And, although the number of school taking part fluctuate, the number has grown from the early days.

But, said Brian, although there are not as many schools taking part now as a couple of decades ago, the area they come from has grown to include places as far apart as Chorley and Longridge as well as Preston.

This year’s theme is a tribute to the longevity of the 
festival.

On three separate nights, from June 14 to 16, audiences will be taken on a musical journey back in time by the young stars.

Each scene will track a different era over the last 70 years with the children singing and dancing favourites from the past.

The shows are open to the public and the schools rely on ticket sales to cover the cost of the shows.