‘Rock on and back our music academy’

The Blackpool Gazette is launching a campaign to raise �20,000 to save Blackpool Music Academy shop and school on Waterloo Road.'Pictured is student Ben Foster.'7th April 2015

The Blackpool Gazette is launching a campaign to raise �20,000 to save Blackpool Music Academy shop and school on Waterloo Road.'Pictured is student Ben Foster.'7th April 2015

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The Give Us A Tune appeal has hit the right note with Gazette readers – and is set to help students at Blackpool Music Academy for years to come.

Following a strong opening to the campaign, seven instruments have been donated to the Waterloo Road-based centre in 10 days.

We want readers to donate 50 instruments as well as £20,000 to subsidise lessons.

One of the students set to benefit from the collection drive is 16-year-old Ben Foster of Moorland Road, Poulton.

The Hodgson Academy student, who has been playing electric guitar for five years, said: “I played acoustic guitar in school and I got into rock and metal music and thought ‘this is pretty cool.’

“My parents bought me a starter set online and it went on from there.”

Ben, who is a big fan of bands including Metallica, Green Day and The Arctic Monkeys, has been taking lessons once a week at the school for a year.

He said The Gazette’s campaign to gather instruments and raise more than £20,000 towards subsidising lessons would be a huge benefit for musicians.

He added: “The academy can help you learn certain techniques. Before lessons I could only play a few songs, but now I know reggae, rock and pop. The school has taught me to practise and how to memorise things as well.”

To donate to the academy go to www.blackpoolmusicacademy.com or to provide a musical instrument call (01253) 695398.