TREADING the boards of the world famous Winter Gardens was twice as nice for schoolchildren as their concert raised thousands of pounds for charity.
Starlets from schools across the Fylde coast took part in the fourth Wyre and Fylde School Sports Network Dance Festival, performing to a packed audience on Tuesday evening.
The show covered music old and new to keep all generations happy.
More than 1,700 audience members and hundreds of schoolchildren helped to raise a total of £8,500 for three charities.
Louise Brunskill, PE teacher at Hodgson Academy and director of the festival, said: “The show is a result of an incredible amount of hard work by a lot of people.
“The total we raised was an amazing achievement.” Money raised by the festival will be donated to Donna’s Dream House, Blackpool, Brian House Children’s Hospice, Bispham, and Progress Recruitment, a Blackpool-based charity supporting young disabled people into employment.
A total of 29 primary and high schools took part in the extravaganza following the theme of A Dance On The Wild Side.
Pupils from Poulton St Chad’s Primary School, on Hardhorn Road, took on the wild west, while Sacred Heart Primary School, on Heys Street, Thornton, went under the sea with a water-themed production.
Other dances ranged from Zombies by Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, Thornton, to a 1960s medley by pupils from Hodgson Academy, on Moorland Road, Poulton.