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Local children celebrate speed record hero with a concert

by Laura Johnston

Children from three schools in Knowsley joined school children from Sefton to perform in a concert honouring Sir Henry Segrave, a motor racing world record breaker.

400 school children from eight schools came together to celebrate the world land speed record from 1926 when Sir Henry reached a speed of more than 152mph driving along Ainsdale Beach in Southport in his little Sunbeam Tiger car.

Sir Henry was the first person ever to achieve both a land and water speed record at the same time, and was also the first person to travel in a land vehicle at 200mph.

Sefton & Knowsley Youth (SKY) Music Hub hosted the event which involved children from Westvale Primary School in Kirkby, St Luke’s Catholic Primary School in Prescot and St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School in Huyton.

The children celebrated Henry Segrave’s achievement through song, dance and art at The Auditorium at the Echo Arena, performing with different rhythms, speeds and movements inspired by the world record.

SKY Music Hub vocal team started leading the project two years ago when it was the 90th anniversary of the speed record and the musical celebration was the exciting finale after two years of the team working with the schools.

The talent of other young people was also on display on the night, with dancers from the Merseyside Youth Association (MYA) taking centre stage alongside brilliant instrumentalists, and students from Prestfield High School & Specialist College presenting their artwork.

Chris Lennie, lead of SKY Music Hub said: “The event was a great success and brought together the young people of Knowsley and Sefton to celebrate their musical achievements. It was also a fantastic way to celebrate motor racing record breaker Sir Henry Segrave!

It has been great to work in collaboration with all our partners which has inspired so many children to pick up an instrument, sing, dance and create art.”