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Ulverston pupils get lesson from T-Rex drummer

A ROCK veteran is gearing up to hit the stage alongside a selection of Ulverston’s finest emerging talent.

BANG A GONG (OR DRUM): Croftlands pupils “Get It On” with Paul Fenton the drummer with T-Rex, who paid a visit to their school yesterday. The children will join the band on stage during a matinee performance at the Coronation Hall on Saturday MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50041756B003

A group of pupils at Croftlands Junior School will be rocking out at the Coronation Hall on Saturday, accompanied by the band now performing as T-Rex.

Paul Fenton, who toured with Marc Bolan’s T. Rex from 1973, was in Ulverston yesterday to meet the kids he will be playing with.

The drummer, who has played all over the world, said it was important to try and inspire the next generation and give them the desire to succeed.

He added: “When I was young and all my friends were trying to entice me to do other things, I stayed at home and played music.”

Fenton has played in various bands, touring the world 12 times, and has helped budding drummers get started.

He now plays alongside former T. Rex members Micky Finn and Jack Green in a tribute to Bolan’s cult band.

He added: “It is good for us to try and do something they will remember for a long time and hopefully provide some inspiration.”

And Year Five and Six class teacher at the school, Simon Cross, said he was delighted the pupils would have the chance to showcase their skills in such a memorable way.

He said: “It is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for them, for a school to get a real gig anywhere where people are paying to come and watch.

“To be able to play with one of the most well-known bands from the 1970s is unbelievable.”

Staff and pupils are getting excited about tomorrow’s performance, although the nerves are starting to kick in.

Jack Spencer, aged 11, plays four instruments and has been playing the guitar for around four years but said he is a “bit of a mix” of excitement and nerves.

Nine-year-old Megan Cooper will be singing but said she has no problems being noisy.

“That is one of my best talents,” she said.

“It is like a practice for me – in January I am going for (youth choir concert) Young Voices.”

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