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Collier Row academy narrowly misses out on Kasabian performing at school

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:07 12 May 2017

(left to right) Kasabian band members Serge Pizzorno, Chris Edwards, Tom Meighan and Ian Matthews. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/PA Images

(left to right) Kasabian band members Serge Pizzorno, Chris Edwards, Tom Meighan and Ian Matthews. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/PA Images

Chris Radburn/PA Archive/PA Images

Pupils and teachers were just pipped to the post in a radio competition where they could have won the chance to have rock band Kasabian perform at their school.

Bower Park Academy, Havering Road, Collier Row, was one of four schools shortlisted in Absolute Radio’s contest but sadly lost out to Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow.

The school decided to put its hat in the ring as the winner would also get a £5,000 makeover from DIY superstore Wickes.

Bower Park Academy has set up a Just Giving page, asking for £25,000 to refurbish its South Hall, replacing the original curtains, a new lighting rig and sound system.

The competition prize would have gone towards the hall’s refurbishment.

To be in with a chance of winning, the schools had to re-write one of Kasabian’s songs to try and convince Absolute Radio’s breakfast show that they should be chosen.

Bower Park picked the well-known hit Fire as the backing track in a bid to win over the judges.

Here are some of the lyrics to Bower’s song: “Let us take you down to our school, coz it needs some lovin’.

“Can you help us out with our hall?

“As it looks grubby.

“Make it right.

“Maybe Wickes can lend a hand, to return it to glory.

“Then Kasabian can come to play, coz we all adore their music.”

Assistant headteacher Eddie Aylett said: “Alfie , Emily and Joshua were amazing and of course I was too!

“Trevor Newnham, the school music teacher, took us to his recording studio to record it and the experience was amazing in itself.”

The school is continuing to raise money by holding events throughout the year – including its own music festival, Bower Stock, on July 6 – to help the hall with its makeover.

Wickes vouchers worth £250 were given to the runners-up.

Eddie said: “We are gutted! Our song was the best by far!”

Judge for yourself!


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