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INTERVIEW, VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Lancaster primary school on 24-hour buskathon for Children in Need

Mr Haughton (centre) and some of the Bowerham Buskers!

Teachers, pupils and parents are performing non-stop live music for 24 hours at a Lancaster primary school to raise money for Children in Need.

Beyond Radio popped along to Bowerham Primary and Nursery School as they embarked on a buskathon which began at 9.15am on Tuesday and will continue right through the night until Wednesday morning.

The 'Big Bowerham Busk' began with Year 6 teacher Nick Haughton leading the school assembly and carried on with music and singing from children, staff and families throughout the day.

Mr Haughton was performing some Oasis classics in the school hall on his guitar in front of an appreciative crowd of teachers, children and families when we arrived at around 4.30pm on Tuesday.

Although he was going to continue performing on and off until the end of the Busk, including through the night, he had time to have a quick break and a chat!

LISTEN to our interview with Nick Haughton about the Bowerham Busk

"(The buskathon) started as a conversation and then with much planning, ringing round and texting and emailing lots of different people, here we are today!" he said.

"Throughout the school day we had lots of different performances from children. We had a whole school singing assembly. Every year group performed some songs for it, and then quite a lot of the children did their own busking sessions throughout the afternoon. That was absolutely brilliant. 

"Then we had a wonderful family singalong after school where we sang nursery rhymes, and we learned some sign language songs as well, with a parent who teaches it, and that was really lovely."

The first act on Tuesday evening was Shimmer and Prim, both seven years old, who performed a song they had written with their parents, about saving the world.

Then some of the adults got involved too with some audience participation!

Local bands Peloton and the Batala samba drummers were also on the bill for Tuesday evening.

Then Mr Haughton was due to perform right the way through the night with support from some other hardy members of staff!

The Big Bowerham Busk is due to finish at 9.15am on Wednesday with another whole-school assembly to celebrate the end of the 24 hour busking session.

You can follow the Bowerham Busk live at the school's Facebook page.

And you can donate to Children in Need through the Bowerham Busk at their fundraising page here. 

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