Music star drops into school

Michael Williams (The Drifters) has been rehearsing with Layton Primary pupils

Michael Williams (The Drifters) has been rehearsing with Layton Primary pupils

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THE sweet sound of soul music came flooding out of this Blackpool school when children warmed up their vocal chords with an international star.

Pupils from Layton Primary School are set to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience next month when they perform on stage with The Drifters.

And to get them ready for the dazzling date at Blackpool Grand Theatre – singer Michael Williams from the band’s current line up, popped in to share some tips.

His visit was a huge hit according to Nicole Ronson, music teacher.

She said: “I was amazed when we got the phone call to say Layton had been picked to take part.

“It will be an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity for the children.

“Michael was great with them, when he started to sing, they were all really awe-struck, it was inspirational.”

The choir from the Meyler Avenue school is one of 30 from across the country that has been hand-picked to perform with the singing stars.

Dance

And on Sunday, July 1, as the band belt out hits like Under The Boardwalk, Saturday Night At The Movies and Save The Last Dance For Me – the children will be performing too.

The Drifters have been going for a staggering 59 years and have enjoyed massive worldwide chart success.

Now as part of their Masquerade tour, UK school children will be invited on stage to sing Stand By Me.

They will also join the group on stage for the finale with Saturday Night At The Movies.

And the children can’t wait to get involved.

Luke Waddell, from Year Six, said: “It was pretty amazing to hear Michael sing, I liked learning the two songs.”

Classmate Lois Powell, 11, added: “It was so exciting to have Michael come into school. I knew a few songs by The Drifters so it should be good fun.”

And Mr Williams added: “We are very much looking forward to working with the Layton children. I was completely overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and excitement, it’s a very special project to be involved in.”