Westonbury festival hits the high note with South Shields kids

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Glastonbury has been given high expectations to live up this weekend as a birthday bash for a South Tyneside school set the standard.

Westoe Crown Primary in South Shields hosted its own version of the Somerset celebration as it marked its 10th anniversary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.'Leoni Patterson as Nicki Minaj and Gabriel Lukose as Michael Jackson

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.'Leoni Patterson as Nicki Minaj and Gabriel Lukose as Michael Jackson

The music extravaganza saw a takeover of the site for the day, with children wearing festival dress and taking part in a series of events, including the chance to show off their own singing skills with a ‘home grown talent stage’ with karaoke, taking part in inflatable sumo wrestling, a bungee run challenge, pillow fights, gladiator podiums and a jungle obstacle course, along with visits to a soft play bus, sing-a-longs and dance workshops.

X Factor entrant Stevie Tennet and the school’s Westoe Choir performed to the crowd.

In the evening, the school hosted the main event, with 1,300 children, parents, school staff and friends returning for performances.

The main event saw the return of former students Jasmine Elliott, Hope Swan and Emily Wright to perform, with Piano Mark, John Baird, the Drum Young Orchestra and Leigh Crutwell with Vespatine also part of the line-up.

Westonbury should happen every year because I’ve loved it.

Emily Tiernan, Year 5

At the end of the show, around 30 families made the school grounds their home for the night, as they set up a campsite, with hot chocolate served and bedtime stories told. The event was the idea of teacher and festival fan Leanne Widdowson.

She said: “The children were really excited about it and for the home grown stage as well. We has an excellent response from parents as well, and they got really involved with the idea of the evening. It went fabulously.”

Ava Scott, who is in Year 3, said: “Camping on the school field overnight was so fun. I loved seeing all the tents.”

Year 5 pupil Emily Tiernan added: “Westonbury should happen every year because I’ve loved it.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.'Leoni Patterson as Nicki Minaj and Gabriel Lukose as Michael Jackson

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.'Leoni Patterson as Nicki Minaj and Gabriel Lukose as Michael Jackson

“Next year it should be a whole weekend instead of one night.”

Headteacher Steve Price said: “This year is our 10th birthday, so we’re doing 10 new events throughout the year.

“This was our take on Glastonbury for the children and it was about bringing our community together and we are quite a creative school.

“Everybody came together for it from all levels.”

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.'From left Rebecca Mouktaroudes, Amber Clifton and Brooke Clifton

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.'From left Rebecca Mouktaroudes, Amber Clifton and Brooke Clifton

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.

Westonbury festival at westoe Crown Village Primary.