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Stowmarket students hit the stage during Jubilant! Festival’s town takeover



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A two week mini youth festival came to a close after wowing audiences at various iconic town venues.

Jubilant! Festival saw the effort from nine Stowmarket schools to build creative projects including art displays, musical performances and short films.

Starting on Thursday, July 7, the performance that kicked off the festival was a musical show from Bacton Primary at The Regal on Ipswich Street.

Pupils at Freeman Community Primary School led a procession of drumming before performing at the John Peel Centre. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
Pupils at Freeman Community Primary School led a procession of drumming before performing at the John Peel Centre. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
Their drumming could be heard through the town as they marched around Church Walk. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
Their drumming could be heard through the town as they marched around Church Walk. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
Many came out to watch the performance. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
Many came out to watch the performance. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust

Musician Andi Hopgood helped and supported the children to put the show together which was inspired by the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

She said: “We knew it would be based on the Jubilee but all the ideas are completely from the sessions we held with the children - we let just their imaginations go.”

Another project included a drumming and dancing performance at The John Peel Centre from the children of Mendlesham Primary School and Freeman Community Primary School.

Pupils from Mendlesham Primary School put on a dance performance at the John Peel Centre. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
Pupils from Mendlesham Primary School put on a dance performance at the John Peel Centre. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
A climatic finish after some superb dance moves. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
A climatic finish after some superb dance moves. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust

Teacher Jennie Owen said: “What an amazing day it was – the children absolutely loved performing in front of an audience.

“They worked really hard practising their dancing, and we were all hugely impressed by how well they all did.”

Four art displays were also created and this included the work of Stowupland High at Red Gables, Abbot’s Hall Primary and Olive AP Academy at The Food Museum and Wood Ley Primary at Fox Yard Studio.

There were also two short films being played at Modece Architects, in Ipswich Street, and Stowmarket Library which feature films made by the students of Chilton Primary and Stowmarket High.

Bacton Primary School performed in style at The Regal on Ipswich Street. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
Bacton Primary School performed in style at The Regal on Ipswich Street. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
These cool students donned sunglasses during their performance as part of the mini youth festival. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust
These cool students donned sunglasses during their performance as part of the mini youth festival. Picture: John Milton Academy Trust

Project manager Liz Downie said: “We are delighted at how well the very first Jubilant! project has gone.

“Over 200 local children and young people have taken part and the work they have produced has been outstanding.

“The presentations on show at the mini-Festival have been fantastic, wide ranging and extremely high quality.”