Two Copeland schools are celebrating after finishing in the top two at the Global Rock Challenge 2019 Northern Premier Final.
West Lakes Academy, in Egremont, finished in first place at the final, held in Grimsby Auditorium, with Whitehaven Academy bagging second.
The two schools beat off some stiff competition to take the accolades with a further seven schools from across West Yorkshire, Hull, South Yorkshire, Cumbria, Aberdeenshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, and Suffolk competing.
West Lakes’ performance was called No good will come from a woman at sea.
And they described it as: It angers the sea Gods to take a woman on board a ship. Some savage pirates ignore this warning and abduct women from a port, tearing a wife from her husband. Once at sea, the curse proves to be true. They panic and throw the women overboard as a sacrifice, but it’s too late. The sea Gods want their vengeance.
Second placed Whitehaven’s performance was entitled The Radium Girls and described as: Radium, The wonder substance; shining bright in the otherwise dark years of the first world war. Hundreds of American women, toiled amidst the glowing dust of radium dialed factories. Their cries of corruption silenced.Inevitable fatalities concealed. With courage and tenacity, can these women prevail in their battle for workers’ rights that will echo for years to come?
West Lakes also won the Yorkshire Builders Federation Award for Performers’ Choice award, plus the Henry Smith Charity Award of Excellence for Stage Crew, and further awards for set design and function, choreography, performance skill, stage use, concept, drama, soundtrack, costuming character, visual enhancement, entertainment and lighting.
Whitehaven Academy also added further awards for choreography, performance skill, stage use, concept, drama, soundtrack, set design and function, costuming character, visual enhancement and entertainment.
St Benedict’s Catholic High School, of Whitehaven, were also at the finals, and came home with eight awards, including the Humberside Police Award for Spirit of Rock Challenge, they were also praised for concept, drama, soundtrack, costuming character, entertainment, lighting and stage crew.
The event at Grimsby attracted a large audience and was supported by a number of special guests and sponsors.
Following the show, Andrew Marr from Andrew Marr International said: “We’ve all enjoyed an absolutely marvellous evening, and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the students and all the schools taking part in this