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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Group performs surprise Barrow concert

A FRESH young pop act got excited students on their feet as they performed a Barrow concert with an important message.

New British group, EverYoung, wowed pupils at Chetwynde School with their own songs and covers.

The band surprised the 11 to 13-years-olds by dropping in at their school for The Bay’s Schools Tour – part of the radio station’s 21st birthday celebrations this week.

EverYoung are ambassadors against cyberbullying for the Cybersmile Foundation. They promote young people staying safe on the internet and urge them to seek help if they have been hurt by messages online.

Between songs there was also a question and answer session where students and teachers quizzed the band.

They were asked about image, writing songs, their ambitions, and even what shampoo they used.

EverYoung have already had a top 30 single and their second single will be released soon.

The students were keen to get autographs and have their pictures taken with the group.

Lauren Albery, 11, said: “EverYoung are amazing singers and the event was really good. I’m definitely going to start following them. It’s good that they talk about cyberbullying making people aware of how they can get help.”

Russell Collier, headteacher of Chetwynde School said: “This was an exciting event for the school for the children to see an up-and-coming pop group first hand. The most important aspect was the message about cyberbullying and access to the internet. A lot of children have access to smart phones. It is a message we push at school, but it is always good when the message is reinforced.”

EverYoung’s Cherelle Williams, 19, said: “The students have been a great crowd and we have had some crazy questions, which is lovely, and to be able to bounce off them is fun. To see them all dancing it great.”

Jack Morlen, 18, from the band, said: “It’s been amazing, for the kids to be up and dancing is incredible, they were great.”

EverYoung’s Eyal Booker,18, said: “We are all beyond excited when we get on the road and we love performing live and spending time with the young people.”

Bay breakfast presenter, Danny Matthews, said: “This tour is great because it covers schools throughout the Bay area in our 21st birthday week. We are delivering this important message about cyberbullying and EverYoung are great ambassadors.”

The tour visits John Ruskin School in Coniston today and Walney School tomorrow.

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