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YOUNGSTERS are taking a musical trip down memory lane to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

They will perform a medley of songs, one representing each decade of the Queen’s reign.

Hundreds of pupils from schools across the Warblington area have started rehearsals for a rendition of tunes capturing the spirit of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and the noughties.

They will each perform at their own schools on June 22.

The musical tribute involving Bidbury Infants and Juniors, Bosmere Juniors, Emsworth Primary, Fairfield Infants, St Alban’s CoE Primary, St James’ Primary and Warblington School is the brainchild of Bosmere headteacher Kate Opie and music specialist John Gleadall.

Mrs Opie said: ‘This is just one example of the cluster working together to celebrate something that’s incredibly significant which gives the children a sense of where they belong, and of our heritage.

‘The rehearsal sounded great and we’re all looking forward to the final performance.’

Mr Gleadall has created a power-point presentation with images from the various decades for the pupils to watch as they practice the songs.

He explained: ‘Hopefully by contextualising the music the children will get a real sense of the historical significance of the Jubilee.’

The occasion has not been lost on the youngsters who are now practising hard.

Lexie Cristofoli, nine, of Bidbury Juniors, said: ‘The rehearsal was so much fun – it’s the first time I’d seen the music and I enjoyed singing along with children from lots of other schools.

‘The music has brought every decade to life for us.

‘My favourite decade is the 1980s when we have two songs The Final Countdown and Fame which fitted that era perfectly.’

‘She added: ‘And I was very moved by Michael Jackson’s Earth Song which dealt with issues like forests being destroyed and animals losing their homes.’

She added: ‘I’m glad we’re celebrating the Jubilee with history and music.

‘I was born in 2002 so missed a lot of the Queen’s time on the throne.

‘But now I feel I can understand what she’s lived through, the events she saw and the music she may have listened to when she was younger.’

Olivia Webb, 11, of Emsworth Primary, liked the Earth Song best.

She said: ‘It was so powerful and sad, with the famine and the trees being burned and children dying.

‘It’s going to be brilliant when all the children everywhere will be singing at the same time to celebrate our Queen.

‘She is amazing and she’s been on the throne for ages.

‘Everyone thought it was a man’s job but she’s done brilliantly.’