SPECIAL SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015

The annual Special Schools Music Festival took place in the Woodland Suite at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, on Friday 8th May 2015.

The annual Special Schools Music Festival took place in the Woodland Suite at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, on Friday 8th May 2015.

The stars of the show were the wonderful pupils of the six special schools in Wyre, Blackpool and Fylde Boroughs:

 Red Marsh Special School, Thornton-Cleveleys.

Great Arley School, Thornton-Cleveleys.

Highfurlong School, Blackpool.

Woodlands School, Blackpool.

Park Community Academy, Blackpool.

Pear Tree Specialist School, Kirkham.

The Festival is organised by the Trustees of the Superintendent Gerald Richardson Memorial Youth Trust which was set up by the former Blackpool North Rotary Club and gives the children the opportunity to participate in a great concert and show off their talents.

 The Trustees are grateful to the Harrison Family and Directors of Ribby Hall for providing such splendid facilities.  Every child received a goody bag kindly provided by Harry Ramsdens.

 Joining the children to ensure that they enjoyed themselves were Bloomfield Bear and Blackpool Town Crier Barry McQueen who officially opened the proceedings.  Barry delighted the children with his rendition of the Post Horn Gallop played to perfection on his post horn. .

 Official Guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde Borough and Mrs Janet Harrison, Mrs Janet Livock of Ribby Hall Village.  Mrs Maureen Richardson, Gerry’s widow who is a Trustee was also in attendance.  The mayoral parties from Wyre & Blackpool were engaged with the election count.

 Chairman of the Trustees Jeff Meadows paid tribute to Chris Holden, a former trustee who sadly died last year.  Chris had been the chief organiser of the Special Schools Music Festival for many years it was his enthusiasm which ensured the Festival was so successful.

 Additional Information:

The Gerry Richardson Trust was set up in 1974 in memory of Gerry by his colleagues in Blackpool North Rotary Club.

Gerry was a Superintendent in Lancashire Constabulary based in Blackpool.  On the 21st August 1971 Gerry was shot and killed by armed robbers following a raid at a jewellers shop in Blackpool Town Centre.  He was 38 years of age and remains the highest ranking policeman killed on duty.

Gerry was a passionate supporter of young people and the Trust assists many young people ensuring that Gerry's legacy lives on.

 

 

 

 

 

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